SCOTUS Rejects Ohio GOP Officials on Voter Registrations!

This is absolutely awesomely fantastic news:

The U.S. Supreme Court, siding with Democrats, freed Ohio officials from a lower court order that might have limited participation by new voters in next month’s presidential election.

Today’s ruling means Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, doesn’t have to provide county election boards with lists of new registrants whose information doesn’t match up with government databases. A federal trial judge had ordered Brunner to supply the lists by today.

Republicans who sued Brunner “are not sufficiently likely to prevail” in their lawsuit, the Supreme Court said. The two- page unsigned order was issued on behalf of the full court, without any published dissent.

Brunner said the judge’s order could have affected as many as 200,000 Ohioans, potentially forcing them to cast provisional ballots instead of regular ballots. Democrats likely would have been disproportionately affected by the judge’s order because of the party’s efforts to register new voters this year.

For more on Republican efforts to discourage and intimidate voters, see my post at Liberty Street.

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