Homeless advocates ask high court to block Ohio ballot rules

AP News
Posted: Oct 26, 2016 10:17 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Democratic Party and advocates for the homeless are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their case challenging rules for handling thousands of absentee and provisional ballots in the presidential battleground state.

In a Tuesday filing, the parties ask the high court to block enforcement of rules disqualifying certain ballots because of minor mistakes or omissions.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati declined to hear the parties' appeal earlier this month in the long-running dispute with Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) over 2014 voting-law changes. A three-judge panel ruled only one of the provisions was unduly burdensome, overturning a lower court.

Husted says he hopes the court sees the request as "an eleventh-hour attempt to inject chaos into Ohio's election" and rejects it.