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Court upholds Wisconsin ballot extension, GOP asks for hold

Court upholds Wisconsin ballot extension, GOP asks for hold Photo: WDIO-TV/File

SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press
Updated: September 30, 2020 03:15 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin.

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Absentee ballots are typically due at local clerks’ offices by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

A lower court judge ruled that ballots that arrive up to six days after Election Day will count if postmarked by Election Day. That could mean the winner in Wisconsin won’t be known for days after the polls close.

Republicans appealed the ruling to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That court upheld the extension Tuesday.

The case is likely to be appealed by Republicans to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature is asking the federal appeals court to put its ruling on hold until the Wisconsin Supreme Court addresses a separate question of whether the Legislature has standing to sue in the case.

Attorneys for the Legislature say keeping the ruling on hold would be in standing with federal court precedent to “avoid sowing ‘voter confusion’ during an impending (or, here, ongoing) election."

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SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

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