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GOP lawmakers get green light to appeal absentee ballot case

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Posted at 5:05 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 17:05:50-04

DETROIT (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature has been granted the right to intervene and appeal a groundbreaking court decision that allows Michigan absentee ballots to be counted for 14 days after the election.

The ruling means the case is certain to land in a higher court in the final weeks of the campaign season.

More than 2 million absentee ballots are expected to be cast. Judge Cynthia Stephens, noting mail delivery problems, recently said absentee ballots that are postmarked by Nov. 2 can be counted if they arrive within two weeks after the Nov. 3 election.

Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, both Democrats, have declined to appeal.