Idaho Joins Ohio in Effort to Offer Uneven Early Voting Rules

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The State of Idaho has decided to formally back Ohio in its battle to limit early voting.

Ohio's Secretary of State Jon Husted wants to end early voting three days before Election Day, but the Obama administration successfully sued, saying the new rule ended early voting for most Ohioans on Friday, Nov. 2, prior to the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election, while allowing military and overseas voters to cast a ballot in person until Monday, Nov. 5. A ruling from the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the Obama administration, saying local boards of election should have the discretion to set their own early, in-person voting hours.

But now, attorneys generals for Idaho and 14 other states are backing the Ohio secretary of state in an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the U.S. Constitution gives states exclusive power to set the time, place and manner for voting.

The Obama campaign asked the Supreme Court on Friday to deny Ohio's appeal of the lower court's ruling. The campaign said Husted has not shown a likelihood of success and the facts of the case are unique to Ohio without broad implication elsewhere.

Husted disagreed, saying the case has widespread impact.

"If allowed to stand, the precedent set by this decision in the state of Ohio will have far-reaching consequences for all 50, whether they are 'red,' 'blue,' or 'swing' states," Husted said in a statement.