WBNS 10TV reports the U.S. Supreme Court has delayed the start of early voting in Ohio until October 7th. In a 5-4 decision, the justices put a hold on a lower court’s ruling that had restored “Golden Week”, a period during which people can register to vote and cast a ballot.

The Ohio Assembly had passed a law eliminating “Golden Week” and some evening and weekend hours for early voting. The law was challenged by civil rights groups on the grounds that it disproportionately affected poor and minority residents making it difficult for them to vote.

U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus ordered Secretary of State John Husted to restore the early voting the law had removed. The State of Ohio appealed the decision.

The lower court’s ruling will remain on hold until the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the appeal.

Justices voting in favor of placing the lower court’s decision on hold were Roberts, Alito, Kennedy, Scalia, and Thomas.

Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor voted to restore “Golden Week”.