It's a pretty bad sign that some in Ohio thought one group should be given an advantage, but there it is. No, Ohio can't impose a law giving the military early voting privileges while denying them to everyone else.
A federal appeals court on Friday sided with President Obama’s reelection campaign and said that if Ohio allows military voters to cast ballots in the three days leading to Election Day, it must extend the same opportunity to all voters.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit said the state had not shown why voting during the Saturday-Sunday-Monday period should be offered to only one group of voters.
“While there is a compelling reason to provide more opportunities for military voters to cast their ballots, there is no corresponding satisfactory reason to prevent non-military voters from casting their ballots as well,” wrote Circuit Judge Eric L. Clay.
“The public interest . . . favors permitting as many qualified voters to vote as possible,” he added. ...WaPo