June 19, 2017 14:22 GMT by reuters.com

U.S. top court will not review Ohio 'perfect' ballot law

U.S. top court will not review Ohio 'perfect' ballot law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place a lower court's ruling that barred private citizens from suing Ohio for allegedly impeding their ability to vote by requiring ballot forms to be filled out perfectly.

By Andrew Chung | WASHINGTON

The justices declined to review the ruling that dismissed claims by Ohio's Democratic Party and homeless rights groups that the state's "perfect form" law, which invalidates ballots for even minor errors, deprived thousands of people of their right to vote, violating the federal Voting Rights Act. Such suits must be filed by the federal government, not private citizens, that court held.

(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham)

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