A Michigan court overturned an extension that allowed absentee ballots to be received two weeks after election day, ruling that votes should instead be received by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruling marks a lower-level decision and gives Republicans victory in a decisive swing state, undermining Democrats’ efforts to ease restrictions on cycle voting when a coronavirus pandemic is expected to spark mailing.
Last court ruled last month that ballots could be counted within two weeks of election day if stamped by Nov. 2, rejecting arguments from the Republican-controlled legislature that the pandemic and the delay in the U.S. Postal Service there are no adequate reasons for extending the deadline.
However, the appellate court ruled differently, arguing that the spread of the virus and problems with the delivery of mail were “not due to the state”
“Of course, the pandemic has caused significant changes in our lives, but election officials have taken significant steps to alleviate the potential effects by facilitating the lack of reason for the lack of voting in the 2020 election,” wrote appeals judges Thomas Cameron. Mark Bunstra and Michael Gadola.
“Although these factors can complicate the plaintiffs’ voting process, they do not automatically lead to the loss of the right to vote in absentia,” they added of the pandemic and the delay in mail.
The decision repeats similar decisions that block the absence of ballot extensions in Indiana and Wisconsin.
Like many states in the country, Michigan is expected to flood with absentee ballots as votes cast during the pandemic. The Great Lakes State is the leading battlefield this year thereafter President TrumpDonald John Trump Federal agents are investigating whether Hunter Biden’s alleged emails related to a foreign intelligence operation: report Six kidnappings from the dueling Trump and Biden Biden outlines a stark contrast to Trump in the mayor’s office won it with less than 11,000 votes in 2016.
Democrats have fought fiercely to expand absentee voting rules as opinion polls show the party’s base is more willing than Republicans to vote by mail.
The GOP welcomed the decision Friday night with the Republican chairman Ron McDanielRona Romney McDaniel Minnesota health officials link COVID-19 cases to Trump, events from Biden’s campaign calling it “Great News of Electoral Integrity!”
“This is a great day for the rule of law. It is important that the rules do not change during elections in order to give one party an advantage over another. I applaud the Michigan Court of Appeals for upholding the rule of law and laws passed by MPs, “Laura Cox, chairwoman of the Republican Party in Michigan, wrote on Twitter.
This is a great day for the rule of law. It is important that the rules do not change during elections in order to give one party an advantage over another. I applaud the Michigan Court of Appeals for upholding the rule of law and laws passed by MPs.
– Laura Cox (@MIGOPChair) October 17, 2020
The Michigan Democratic Party said it was disappointed with the decision, but did not say whether it intended to appeal the decision.
“Voters should not be penalized for delays in the U.S. Postal Service or for unexpected emergencies that could challenge them to reach the ballot box on election day. “Our courts must follow the example set by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and step up efforts to remove barriers to voting,” said Lavora Barnes, chairman of the Democratic Party of Michigan.
“The Michigan Democratic Party continues to encourage voters to request an absence ballot immediately, fill it out when it arrives, and return it to the employee’s local office as soon as possible.”