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Supreme Court Turns Down Case on Ohio's Thrown-Out Ballots

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to not hear an argument from an Ohio group that claims the state’s top elections official is wrongfully tossing out ballots.

A federal court ruled last year that Secretary of State Jon Husted was following the law by throwing out ballots that had minor errors such as signing a name rather than printing it and leaving a digit out of a social security number.

The U.S. District court said the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, based in Cleveland, did not have standing to bring the case up because it was a private entity. The group wanted to fight that ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court but the high court turned it down.

Husted said in a statement that the decision brings this case to a close. But the Supreme Court will hear a case to decide if the state wrongfully removed people from Ohio’s voter rolls.