Conservative Sixth Circuit Stays Ruling Against Ohio Disenfranchisement | Two George W. Bush appointees and a George H.W. Bush appointee issued a stay Friday, blocking a district judge’s order against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s (R) last-minute disenfranchisement directive. Saying he did not want to see “democracy die in the dark,” Judge Algenon Marbley had ordered that provisional ballots be counted in cases where a poll worker had made an error. The appeals panel determined that Husted’s appeal of that order was likely to succeed. The Sixth Circuit is considered one of the most conservative in the country.