Court: Ohio Can’t Throw Out Ballots Because Of Poll Worker Error

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursady that Ohio can’t toss out ballots that were cast in the wrong precinct but in the right location because of poll worker error. Election lawyer Rick Hasen called it the “most important decision in this election cycle.”

“The State would disqualify thousands of rightplace/wrong-precinct provisional ballots, where the voter’s only mistake was relying on the poll-worker’s precinct guidance,” the court ruled. “That path unjustifiably burdens these voters’ fundamental right to vote.”