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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Ohio Voter Suppression Bid

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Ohio souls will go to the polls on the weekend before Election Day. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request by Ohio Republican lawmakers to stay a lower court decision that had refused to allow the state to curtail early voting on the weekend that traditionally yields high voter turnout in communities of color. Many African American churches organize events to get their congregations to the polls after worship services on Sunday. 

As a result, early voting will take place in Ohio on the weekend before Election Day.

Earlier this year, as part of a voter suppression campaign in the Buckeye State, Republican legislators passed a bill ending the weekend of early voting.

The Obama campaign, with the support of voting rights activists, challenged the law and a panel of judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit struck the law down. Republicans asked the Supreme Court to stay the ruling. An estimated 100,000 voters are expected to vote during the final weekend.

The AFL-CIO My Vote, My Right website offers hands-on information on voter registration, voter ID laws and steps to take to protect your right to vote on Election Day. Find out what you need to know to make sure your vote counts this year. Get information on voter registrationyour voting rights by state and more at the AFL-CIO’s MyVoteMyRight.org.

Have questions about your voting rights? Call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

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