NPR: "The U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene in a voting rights case from Ohio on Tuesday, leaving intact a reduction of early voting days that was enacted by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature.
"The cutback still allows for 23 days in which voters can cast in-person ballots prior to Election Day, but it eliminates the so-called Golden Week in which voters can both register and cast ballots."
Associated Press: "The three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected all but one element of a lower court's decision that found the laws violate the Voting Rights Act and place an undue burden on voters. U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley had said the laws could harm black voters in particular. Judge Damon Keith dissented in part.
"The ruling affirmed Marbley's rejection of absentee-ballot requirements for birthdate and address entries as presenting an undue burden on voters, saying Ohio could provide no justification for its precise standard. At the same time, the court reversed Marbley on other changes, saying they were not burdensome and didn't disparately affect minorities.
"At issue in the case were several changes on absentee and provisional ballot requirements Ohio's Republican-led legislature passed in 2014.
"The panel's ruling blocks Ohio from requiring the full and accurate completion of absentee-ballot forms before otherwise qualified voters' ballots can be counted. It lets stand provisions that reduced the time voters could cure errors and prohibited poll worker assistance."