A federal appeals court has ruled that organizations conducting voter outreach did not have the right to sue the State of Ohio on behalf of voters arrested and jailed the weekend before election day. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Friday overturned the decision of a federal judge, who ruled that voters jailed the weekend before the election must be given a chance to case an absentee ballot.
The earlier ruling said the state should treat those voters arrested after 6 P.M. that last Friday, and not yet convicted by 3 P.M. on Election Day, as it would a hospitalized voter. But the appeals court ruled the organizations don’t have standing to sue.
The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office says “Fairness and common sense” prevailed.