Supreme Court Puts Off Start Of Early Voting

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A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which was 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 October 7, under a state law pushed by Republican lawmakers.

A federal judge had bllocked the law and also ordered Republican Secrteary of STate Jon Husted to set additional times that included evening hours.