COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has refused to intervene in a lawsuit over the voting rights of people arrested in Ohio the weekend before Election Day and detained through the election.
Federal judge Susan Dlott (duh-LAHT') said in a ruling Thursday she appreciates the importance of an individual's right to vote but needs more evidence about the people affected by Ohio's laws.
Dlott also said she was concerned about creating Election Day chaos if she ordered new rules for handling arrestees' votes so close to the election.
The Cincinnati-based Ohio Justice and Policy Center said it filed the lawsuit because people arrested after the deadline for requesting absentee ballots have no way to vote.
The center says it plans to provide the evidence the judge is seeking.