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CommonDreams – ‘Victory’: Federal Judge Stops Ohio’s Cuts to Early Voting Judge Said Cuts Meant ‘Fewer Opportunities For African Americans To Participate In The Electoral Process’ By Andrea Germanos, Staff Writer – 7 September 2014

commondreamsIn what is being cheered by civil liberties advocates as a victory, a federal judge on Thursday ruled that (pdf) Ohio’s cuts to early voting are unconstitutional and in violation of the Voting Rights Act.

The ACLU and ACLU of Ohio field the suit on behalf of the Ohio chapter of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters of Ohio and three churches.

In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus agreed with the plaintiffs’ argument, stating that the cuts “result in fewer opportunities for African Americans to participate in the electoral process.” Continue reading