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Victory in Ohio: Appellate Court Upholds Restoration of Early Voting for All on Weekend Before Election Day

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As Steve Benen explains at MaddowBlog tonight, "Husted and the Kasich administration may well appeal to the full 6th Circuit...and hope for an en banc  reversal. There isn't much time remaining, but it's something to look out for."

Moreover, "the federal appeals court panel doesn't require early-voting opportunities," notes Benen, "and leaves the matter up to individual county elections boards to decide how to proceed."

He goes on to quote Election Law professor Rick Hasen's observation that "[T]he court's remedy creates a potential new equal protection problem for the state, by allowing different counties to adopt different uniform standards -- though the Secretary of State could well impose uniformity."

Husted has claimed he believes in uniform voting standards across the state. If so, he could issue a directive ordering all counties to open their doors over the weekend before the election for liberal access to voting for all.

That's where things stand today. This is largely another important voting rights victory in federal court, following a recent string of similarly encouraging federal rulings across the country, as we summarized in late August when Economus' initial ruling came down.

In the meantime, over two months since Breitbart hack Flynn's initial article was filed, setting off a string of bullshit in the Rightwing media and the Romney camp about the Obama administration attempting to restrict military voting rights (Flynn's article ended this way: "Make no mistake, the Democrat [sic] lawsuit is intended to disenfranchise some unknown number of military voters.") There has been no correction or retraction at the pretend "news" site of the late Andrew Breitbart.

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In September, after Economus' ruling, we asked Flynn why he had yet to issue a correction, a full month after his blatantly inaccurate report in early August. His hilarious and also inaccurate response: "this isn't that case."

Then, he called us a "hack" and said, inaccurately, yet again, "I doubt you've ever corrected anything."

Breitbart readers and, likely, Fox "News" viewers, are still as misinformed as ever. But at least voters who wish to, may be able to vote again in Ohio in the three days before Election Day -- for whomever they may wish to vote for, as voting rights and the rule of law triumphs again over the insidious GOP agents of voter suppression.

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