Pretrial detention

Ohio Voting Rights Case For Pretrial Detainees Erupts Out Of 2018 Midterms

Ohio Voting Rights Case For Pretrial Detainees Erupts Out Of 2018 Midterms

Ohio, like many states, has a system that allows people who experience unforeseen hospitalization or other medical emergencies to request, receive, and cast absentee ballots, even if their emergency took place after the normal absentee ballot request deadline. However, despite the constitutional presumption of innocence, the same provision is not available to voters arrested after the deadline. These voters, have not been convicted of any crime, are similarly unable to reach the polls on Election Day, yet they are denied access to the emergency voting procedure.