GOP lawmakers get green light to appeal absentee ballot case

Posted at 8:36 AM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 11:51:27-04

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.