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Michigan court denies absentee ballots that come after election

Absentee ballots still must be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day
Absentee ballots in Michigan must be returned to local clerks by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Absentee ballots in Michigan must be returned to local clerks by 8 p.m. on Election Day.(WJRT)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 12:09 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan appeals court has denied a request to require the counting of absentee ballots received after the time polls close on Election Day.

The ruling says the deadline remains intact despite voters’ approval of a constitutional amendment that expanded mail-in voting. Absentee ballots must be returned to local clerks by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

The court, in a 2-1 decision released Wednesday, said it is up to lawmakers to change the deadline.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan and three voters sued in May, seeking a declaration that absentee ballots be counted as long as they are mailed on or before Election Day and are received within six days of the election.

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