COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) –
On Thursday, May 1, The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to strike down a new state law and a directive from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted that have slashed early voting opportunities in Ohio in advance of the 2014 election.
The ACLU and the ACLU of Ohio brought the complaint on behalf of the Ohio Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the League of Women Voters of Ohio and several African-American churches.
“Ohio has again taken center stage in the battle over voting rights,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. “Politicians who tamper with people’s fundamental right to vote are being put on notice that they are not going to get away with it.”
The lawsuit names Husted and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine as defendants. It seeks to strike down Ohio Senate Bill 238, a 2014 law that eliminated the first week of early voting in Ohio. This period, often referred to as “Golden Week,” enables voters to register and cast a ballot on the same day. The suit is also challenging a 2014 Husted directive that further slashed the early voting period by eliminating all Sundays, the Monday before Election Day and all evening voting hours.
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