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U.S. Supreme Court Denies the Latest Appeal by Homeless Advocates Over Ohio Election Laws

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to ensure that more absentee and provisional ballots are counted. The appeal came from the Ohio Democratic Party and advocates for the homeless. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the lawsuit over Ohio’s election laws is the last one before November 8th, and it’s settled, at least for now.

At issue was whether to count provisional and absentee ballots when there are minor discrepancies between those ballots and the forms the voters initially filled out, such as differences in names or addresses.  Secretary of State Jon Husted says only a few thousand ballots with those differences were tossed out in the last two years. But Subodh Chandra, who represented the groups filing the lawsuit, says there’s no way to compare the last two years with this presidential election.

“You’re going to have much higher turnout of minority populations, and you’re going to have hundreds of thousands of voters that Husted wrongfully purged from the rolls, illegally purged from the rolls.”

Thousands of those voters can cast provisional ballots because of another lawsuit. Chandra says though the court denied the application for a stay for this election, the group plans to continue the fight.