Late-Jailed Voters Can Get Absentee Ballots In Ohio, Court Rules


The judgement comes following a lawsuit brought against the Ohio Secretary of State by three watchdog groups, Campaign Legal Center, Dēmos, and the MacArthur Justice Center. "Eligible voters who are arrested and detained pre-trial by the state in the days leading up to an election deserve equal protection from the U.S. Constitution," said Jonathan Diaz, legal counsel, voting rights at CLC. "A person's ability to cast a ballot should not be determined by the date of their arrest or their ability to pay bail. Secretary of State Frank LaRose should ensure that all of Ohio's 88 county boards of elections are prepared to assist all eligible voters who are arrested and held in pretrial detention prior to Election Day to ensure that they can cast a ballot."

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