Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court denied the state of Ohio's request for review of their early voting case. Previously, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as well as a lower court in Ohio, ordered the state to remove restrictions to early voting the weekend prior to the general election because the restrictions did not equally protect all Ohio citizens. The Supreme Court's decision not to review the case means that early voting will be left in place during the weekend prior to the general election in Ohio. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement in response:
"The Supreme Court Justices were right to deny review of this case. Ohio's attempt to involve the Supreme Court, just three weeks away from an election, was simply wrong for voters in the state."
"The attempts by lawmakers and elected officials in Ohio to block the right to vote have been troubling. However, as a result of the Supreme Court's decision, I hope that the Ohio secretary of state will redirect his efforts and affirm to all Ohio voters that his office and the state will work to educate and provide access to all who intend to vote in this election."