Michigan Appeals Court Stops 14-Day Ballot Extension: “Changes Must Rest With the Legislature, Not the Judiciary”

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A Michigan Appeals Court has put a halt to a 14-day ballot extension that had been granted by a lower court and advocated for by Democratic officials last month.

Absentee ballots must arrive by Election Day to be counted said the Michigan Court of Appeals. Any changes must rest with the Legislature, not the judiciary, the judges said in a 3-0 opinion.

Earlier this week, The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied a week-long extension to accepting absentee ballots beyond election night in Wisconsin. The order re-established the original deadlines for both online and mail-in registrations in Wisconsin.

The Court blocked a lower court’s ruling allowing absentee ballots to be accepted for up to six days after Election Day (Nov. 3), and a 7-day extension of Wisconsin’s online and mail-in registration deadlines.

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