WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been set to begin Tuesday.
The justices’ order by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from state officials, who have been trying to trim the number of days for early voting and restrict weekend and evening hours.
The moves prompted a lawsuit from black churches and civil rights groups that the new rules would make it difficult for residents to vote and disproportionately affect low-income and black voters
Early voting in the swing state now will start on Oct. 7, under a state law pushed by Republican lawmakers.
A federal judge had blocked the law and also ordered Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted to set additional times that included evening hours.
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