Early voting in Ohio the weekend before the election was restored for all voters on Friday by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, giving President Obama’s campaign another victory in its legal battles with Republicans over voting issues.
The state’s Republican-led administration had imposed a measure that allowed voting that weekend only for members of the military and people living overseas, arguing that the state had to reduce the strain on the election system from statewide early balloting.
Democrats and Mr. Obama’s campaign had cried foul, arguing that the measure unfairly disenfranchised minorities and others who often wait until the last weekend. Those voters are considered likelier to back the Democratic candidates.
Ohio is a critical state in the presidential campaign. No Republican has won the presidency for more than 100 years without winning Ohio. Mr. Obama holds an edge in the state over Mitt Romney in most public polls.
But the decision by the appeals court on Friday was just one of a series of victories for Mr. Obama’s campaign, which has been fighting legal battles in several states over the question of access to the ballot box in the election next month.
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