Justices turn away appeal over Ohio ballot law

Voters line up to enter at the Hanover Market House polling station in the 2nd ward Tuesday morning April 26, 2016 in Hanover, Pa., borough. Pennsylvania voters went to the polls Tuesday with strong views about who should be president. Voters will also decide hotly contested Democratic primary races for U.S. Senate and state attorney general. (Shane Dunlap/The Evening Sun via AP)
Voters line up to enter at the Hanover Market House polling station in the 2nd ward Tuesday morning April 26, 2016 in Hanover, Pa., borough. Pennsylvania voters went to the polls Tuesday with strong views about who should be president. Voters will also decide hotly contested Democratic primary races for U.S. Senate and state attorney general. (Shane Dunlap/The Evening Sun via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal of an Ohio law that changed the standards for absentee and provisional ballots in ways that critics said posed an illegal burden on minority voters.

The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that had blocked rules requiring precise completion of the ballots, but upheld other changes that reduced the time voters could cure errors and prohibited poll worker assistance.

Advocates for the homeless and the Ohio Democratic Party sued Ohio’s elections chief over the changes.

Ohio officials argued that the changes passed by Ohio’s Republican-led legislature in 2014 were reasonable, nondiscriminatory and impose minimal burden on voters.

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