The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Ohio's request to curtail early voting in the state leading up to the November 6 presidential election.
Ohio, critical to the election hopes of Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, began early in-person voting earlier this month but planned to cut it off on November 2, the Friday before the election, except for members of the military.
The Obama campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party had sued Ohio officials to restore early voting right up to election day eve. Republicans opposed their efforts, saying a cutoff was needed to reduce voter fraud.
The fact is, in-person voting fraud is practically nonexistent. Republicans can point to a few anecdotal cases of fraud, but even the Roberts Supreme Court recognizes that voting is the most fundamental right provided by the Constitution. Attempts to make it harder for people to vote are un-American. It's that simple.