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Court: Ballots that arrive after 8 pm Election Day won’t be counted

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Emma Winowiecki
Michigan Radio

The League of Women Voters of Michigan says it will appeal a Michigan Court of Appeals decision that says absentee ballots that arrive at clerks’ offices after 8 p.m. on Election Day won’t be counted.

The ruling says the Republican-controlled Legislature did not violate the state constitution when it added new restrictions to absentee voting.

Anyone can cast an absentee vote without having to give a reason, thanks to an initiative adopted by voters in 2018.

Christina Schlitt is with the League of Women Voters.

“Well I have to tell you the league is disappointed by the Court of Appeals because it failed to correct unconstitutional barriers to absentee voting, which Michigan voters approved when they passed the proposal in 2018,” Schlitt said.

The law adopted by the Legislature says local clerks cannot accept ballots after 8 p.m. on Election Day.

The league says any ballot postmarked by Election Day should be counted.

“We expect to go the Michigan Supreme Court because we will appeal it and we want to make voting accessible and convenient for every registered voter,” Schlitt said.

She said the league hopes the state Supreme Court will take the case and make a decision before the August primaries.

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