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Judge won't stop mailings of absentee voter applications

Posted at 4:02 PM, Jun 18, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge has refused to stop the secretary of state from sending unsolicited absentee ballot applications to millions of voters.

Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens rejected a request for a preliminary injunction.

Stephens says an application is merely an application and can be thrown away if someone doesn’t want to act on it.

The plaintiffs, Yvonne Black and Nevin Cooper-Keel, are Republican candidates for the state House.

Cooper-Keel said the applications are a ploy to encourage early voting and rob him of an opportunity to campaign.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has defended the absentee ballot application as a way for people to avoid the risk for the coronavirus at a polling place.