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Republican party suing Benson, Nessel to stop counting of late ballots

Republican party suing Benson, Nessel to stop counting of late ballots
Posted at 10:45 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 22:45:05-04
(WXYZ) —

The Republican National Committee and Michigan Republican Party are suing Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel after a state judge ruled that ballots received after Nov. 3 but postmarked by Nov. 2 could be counted.

Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled that absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 and received within two weeks of the election are allowed to be counted.

In the ruling, Stephens also said that a voter can have anyone help them return their ballots between the Friday before Election Day and on the Nov. 3 Election Day.

“The evidence in this case stands uncontroverted and establishes that the mail system is currently fraught with delays and uncertainty in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Stephens said.

In the lawsuit, both parties are asking Stephens to uphold the constitutionality of the ruling.

View the lawsuit below:

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Key Dates and Deadlines

Thursday, Sept. 24: Early voting begins, absentee ballots begin being mailed
Monday, Oct. 19: Online, postmarked-by voter registration deadline
Tuesday, Oct. 20 through 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3: In-person registration allowed with local clerk
Friday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail
Monday, Nov. 2: Absentee/mail-in postmarked-by deadline
Tuesday, Nov. 3: In-person voting