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GOP makes last-ditch effort to reverse ballot ruling

The Legislature’s GOP leaders are making a last-ditch effort to block a court ruling that would allow absentee ballots to be counted even if they arrive after the polls close on Election Day. 

Republican leaders have asked a court to let them become direct parties to the case, which would give them standing to challenge the ruling. The decision from a Michigan Court of Claims judge said ballots postmarked by the day before the Election Day must be counted, as long as they arrive before the results are certified. Republicans say ballots that are not in hand when polls close should not be counted. GOP leaders asked to be let into the case because Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson have said they won’t challenge the ruling. They are not opposing the Republican request, though.


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