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Justice Kennedy’s vote, which will likely be the deciding factor in the case, could have an impact on U.S. elections for decades.
A federal appeals court stayed a ruling by a U.S. district court judge that barred enforcement of the strict voter ID law.
Changes to the law, which was backed by the Trump administration, were meant to make it less discriminatory but did not accomplish this goal, the judge ruled.
Civil liberties advocates have said Ohio’s policy can disproportionately impact minorities and poor people.
The minority of Trump voters who said they would not vote for him again gave varying reasons in interviews for why they had changed their minds.
The ACLU said in a statement that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity had already held its first meeting without giving any notice or opening it to the public.
Civil rights activists say the commission will encourage voter suppression by justifying new barriers to voting, such as requiring identity cards to vote.
Missouri has failed to provide necessary mandated funding for voter education, free voter IDs and birth certificates and training for poll workers since the new voting law came into effect on June 1, the ACLU said in the lawsuit.
The Supreme Court has dealt with North Carolina voting rights cases three times in the past three weeks.
Critics contend that the measure is still aimed at discouraging minorities, who tend to favor Democrats.
An analysis found that in Ohio’s three largest counties, voters were struck from the rolls in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods at roughly twice the rate as in Republican neighborhoods.
The ruling is expected to largely impact future court cases, particularly in the South.
The Supreme Court rejected a Republican bid to revive a law that intentionally aimed to suppress Black voter turnout.
A voter signature-matching law allows the state to reject an absentee ballot if a signature on the envelope does not match the one on the ballot — disenfranchising many elderly people and people with disabilities.
The panel ruled that the redrawn boundaries were designed to either fragment cohesive Latino communities among multiple districts, or to lump Hispanics into a single jurisdiction and thus limit their overall sway.
Two U.S. district judges found that the districts' shapes diluted minority voters' power.
Voting rights group alleged that the 2011 voter ID law was meant to discriminate against Black and Hispanic people.
"If we demonstrate the power of the purse, then we will demonstrate the power of democracy," said NAACP President Cornell Brooks.
President Donald Trump seemingly based his "voter fraud" cry on an unsubstantiated tweet from November alleging "verified" voter fraud.
A district judge called the voter registrations removal process "insane" and said it "sounds like something that was put together in 1901."
Republicans pushed to significantly restrict early voting and voting hours, as well as limit the number of poll sites in some areas.
Without public transportation to the polls, the strike could have a large impact on a critical swing state, where registered Democrats largely outnumber Republicans.
Many Ohio ballots have been thrown out due to small spelling errors — notably in Democratic-leaning counties.
Despite a series of court victories for voting rights, civil rights groups and voting rights activists remain concerned that these rulings will not be enforced on local levels.