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Politics Appeals court pauses 6-day extension for counting Wisconsin absentee ballots

03:15  28 september  2020
03:15  28 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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  Voting By Mail? Here Are the Deadlines in Every U.S. State Voting By Mail? Here Are the Deadlines in Every U.S. StateBefore the pandemic, five states—Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah—already held all-mail elections, meaning every active registered voter automatically received a ballot in the mail that would allow them to bypass a physical polling place. Due to COVID-19, several more states, including California and New Jersey, are adopting this model for the 2020 election. Twenty-nine states and Washington D.C. already allowed for “no excuse” mail-in absentee ballots, meaning voters can request a mail-in ballot without having to meet certain qualifications.

A federal judge ruled Monday that absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after the Nov. Under current law, the deadline for returning an absentee ballot to have it counted is 8 p.m. on Election Day. Democrats and their allies sued to extend the deadline in the key

And Wisconsin law disqualifies ballots received after that date. In response, last Thursday, a federal district court ordered the state to extend the absentee Now the Supreme Court has reversed that order. It allowed Wisconsin to throw out ballots postmarked and received after Election Day , even if

A federal appeals court on Sunday moved to halt a nearly weeklong extension to Wisconsin's efforts to count absentee ballots, dealing a temporary blow to state Democrats.

Appeals court pauses 6-day extension for counting Wisconsin absentee ballots © The Hill Appeals court pauses 6-day extension for counting Wisconsin absentee ballots

The Associated Press reported Sunday that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals moved to issue a temporary stay on an order issued by U.S. District Judge William Conley directing state officials to continue counting absentee ballots for six days after November 3.

Judge extends deadline for absentee ballots to be received in Wisconsin

  Judge extends deadline for absentee ballots to be received in Wisconsin The ruling, which says absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day can be counted if received up to six days after Election Day, will almost certainly be appealed. Because of that likelihood, Conley stayed his decision for a week and urged people to still take action early. "In recognition of the likelihood of appellate review, however, this order is STAYED for one week, and NO voter can depend on any extension of deadlines for electronic and mail-in registration and for receipt of absentee ballots unless finally upheld on appeal," Conely wrote.

On Friday, a federal appeals court upheld a one-week extension for absentee ballots . Republicans asked the Supreme Court to halt that order, issued "Until very recently, Wisconsin voters reasonably expected they would be able either to vote safely in person on election day or through a reliable

Wisconsin law requires absentee ballots to be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day . U.S. District Judge William Conley agreed to the extension in Monday's ruling. The Legislature's attorneys said in a court filing Wednesday that they plan to ask the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to put the ruling on

Conley's order will now be reviewed further by the appeals court, an outcome Conley himself requested when he delayed the implementation of his order upon issuing it last Monday.

Democrats in Wisconsin have pushed for state election officials to loosen the restrictions on which absentee ballots will be counted amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which has led to health officials urging Americans to avoid public gatherings, particularly indoors.

Their efforts have been opposed by Republicans in the state, who have echoed accusations from national GOP figures such as President Trump that claim Democrats are using the pandemic to expand mail-in voting systems while using the virus as an excuse.

Wisconsin is seen as one of the top battleground states in the 2020 presidential election after Hillary Clinton (D) lost the state to Trump in 2016.

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The terms of three Wisconsin Court of Appeals justices expired on July 31, 2020. The three seats were up for nonpartisan election on April 7, 2020. A primary was scheduled for February 18, 2020. A full term on the court is six years.

Wisconsin appeals court decision, insists absentee ballots received after election day should not be counted . “Poll workers will attempt to collect absentee ballots at over 200 unsecured, outdoor locations, and only deliver these ballots to the City Clerk’s

The state moved in May to send 2.7 million absentee ballot applications to all eligible voters in the state, a move agreed to by a bipartisan elections commission.


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'Running out of time': Efforts to speed up counting mail ballots stall in battleground states .
The nation could be waiting for Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania to count all its mail-ballots after Election Day.But in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, two key swing states, efforts have stalled in Republican-controlled state legislatures. And in a third crucial state, Michigan, a push to begin the counting process several days before the election is dead. Lawmakers there instead chose to give election officials just a 10-hour head-start.

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