Ballots obtained after 8 p.m. on Election Day in Michigan can’t be counted, an appeals courtroom dominated on Friday, a reminder that election guidelines in lots of states stay in flux simply over two weeks earlier than the election.
A decrease courtroom had beforehand dominated that ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 and obtained inside 14 days of Election Day, thefor certifying election outcomes, could possibly be counted.
It just isn’t clear whether or not this newest choice will probably be appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Jocelyn Benson, the Michigan secretary of state, is now urging voters to mail ballots by Monday to make sure they arrive in time to be counted. Otherwise, Benson says ballots ought to be hand-delivered to election clerks or official poll drop containers.
Many election officers additionally fear that slowdowns reported over the summer time on the U.S. Postal Service would delay ballots from being delivered on time, prompting the set up of drop containers as a substitute supply methodology.
An NPR evaluation discovered that in major elections this yr, some 50,000 mail ballots had been rejected as a result of they arrived too late, typically by no fault of the voter.