Court: Michigan Absentee Ballots That Come After Election Won't Count

Jul 15, 2020

 

Voting signs outside Benton Harbor's 4th Ward where city residents voted in municipal elections Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.
Credit JENNIFER WEINGART/WVPE

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 in Michigan, which is seen as one of the battleground states in November's presidential election. The court in a 2-1 decision released Wednesday says 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.