Michigan Legislature eases processing of absentee ballots

 The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing. (WJRT)
Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 1:40 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers have voted to make it easier for clerks to process a surge in absentee ballots in the battleground state’s presidential election by letting them start a day earlier than usual.

Officials currently cannot remove ballots from outer envelopes until 7 a.m. on Election Day, which is Nov. 3 this year. The legislation would let them be opened between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, in cities or townships with at least 25,000 residents.

Ballots would have to remain in secrecy envelopes until being counted on Nov. 3. The Republican-led Legislature passed the bill overwhelmingly Thursday.

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