By Jack Torry & Randy Ludlow The Columbus Dispatch • Monday September 29, 2014 5:32 PM
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court today halted early voting in Ohio scheduled to begin Tuesday.
By a 5-4 vote, the justices blocked an order issued earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus that would have given voters the chance to vote early 35 days before the election — meaning Tuesday — instead of the 28 days provided by state law.
Early, in-person voting now will begin on Oct. 7 under state law and a directive previously issued by Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted.
Husted’s directive will provide 197 hours of early voting, including 16 weekend hours and no evening hours. The ruling by Economus, which now is set aside, would have provided 259 hours — nearly 30 percent more — including 24 hours each of weekend and evening voting.
Justices Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg would have upheld Economus’ ruling, but they were outvoted by the five conservative justices.
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