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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:25 PM

U.S. top court will not review Ohio 'perfect' ballot law

Source: Reuters

SUPREME COURT | Mon Jun 19, 2017 | 11:27am EDT

U.S. top court will not review Ohio 'perfect' ballot law

By Andrew Chung | WASHINGTON

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place a lower court's ruling that barred private citizens from suing Ohio for allegedly impeding their ability to vote by requiring ballot forms to be filled out perfectly.

The justices declined to review the ruling that dismissed claims by Ohio's Democratic Party and homeless rights groups that the state's "perfect form" law, which invalidates ballots for even minor errors, deprived thousands of people of their right to vote, violating the federal Voting Rights Act. Such suits must be filed by the federal government, not private citizens, that court held.

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless in Cleveland, the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless and the state Democratic Party challenged a pair of 2014 laws.

Those laws required county election boards to reject absentee and provisional ballots unless voters had properly and completely filled out the forms that come with the ballots, including with their name, address, birth date and signature.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-ballot-idUSKBN19A1X2

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