Skip to comments.Michigan court stops 2-week absentee ballot extension
Posted on 10/16/2020 7:13:25 PM PDT by BlackFemaleArmyColonel
DETROIT (AP) Absentee ballots must arrive by Election Day to be counted, the Michigan Court of Appeals said Friday, blocking a 14-day extension that had been ordered by a lower court and embraced by key Democratic officials in a battleground state.
Any changes must rest with the Legislature, not the judiciary, the Republican-appointed appeals court judges said in a 3-0 opinion.
Absentee ballot extensions in Wisconsin and Indiana have also been overturned by higher courts.
Michigans ability to handle a flood of ballots will be closely watched in a state that was narrowly won by President Donald Trump in 2016. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson last week said 2.7 million people had requested absentee ballots, a result of a change in law that makes them available to any voter.
Michigan law says absentee ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be valid. But Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens had ordered that any ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 could be counted if they arrived within two weeks after the Nov. 3 election.
Stephens said there was unrefuted evidence about mail delivery problems because of the coronavirus pandemic. She said more than 6,400 ballots arrived too late to be counted in the August primary.
The appeals court, however, said the pandemic and any delivery woes are not attributable to the state.
Although those factors may complicate plaintiffs voting process, they do not automatically amount to a loss of the right to vote absentee, the court said, noting that hundreds of special boxes have been set up across Michigan.
The court also reversed another portion of Stephens decision, which would have allowed a non-family member to deliver a completed ballot in the final days before the election if a voter consented.
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Michigan Supreme Court dead ahead. Brace for collision.
That’s plan A going down the tube. Brace for some bad days ahead. These people are awful
Enough of this silliness.
Weirdest election ever.
And now we need the Federal Courts to slap down PAs attempt at this.
The GOP is winning these at a good rate.
Whitless still trying to kidnap Mich. election...
Maybe it will rule “ballots can be found, harvested, turned it or even filled out, taking any amount of days needed past the election day for Biden to win Michigan.”/S
Some of Michigan Governor and Attorney General rules on several matters have been like that. I live in MI and couldn’t go out for 3-4 months unless looking both ways for a Michigan State Police cruiser to see me making a house jailbreak. Had to “prove” I had a dr. or pharmacy destination or stay home inside.
Let’s hope the Sup.Ct. of MI says to stop the shenanigans.
Michiganders Please vote for Mary Kelly and Brock Swartzle for Michigan Supreme Court. They are CONSERVATIVE and defend the Right to Life They are on the Non-Partisan portion of your Ballot.. We need to keep the Michigan Supreme Court a Conservative majority to Fight WHitler
Thank goodness President Trump has nominated lots of judges. This may slow down the rats a little.
So you think that the Michigan Supreme Court will affirm this decision? Or, will every liberal white shoe lawyer in Michigan march up to the bar and do everything they can to overturn this little upstart Apellate Court. I don’t know the makeup of the Michigan Supreme Court, my guess is that it’s 4-3 in favor of the Libs.
So far the courts are consistent in maintaining the Nov 3 deadline.
Yeah I am pleasantly surprised
No, it is they who have to be bracing for some bad days ahead!
The rats have plans to take down Trump come he’ll or high water. They’ll stop at nothing. Riots, terror attacks, assaination attempts. I really, and sadly can’t put anything passed them with less than 20 days to go. There first planned seems to be some sort of harvesting scam. The courts seem to be pushing back against that. Surely they planned for this possibility.
Watch for “riots” in Republican areas of the state on Nov. 3 in order to effect the turn out of Republicans. Also look for the state governor/s to declare Republican areas to be on lock down because of a surge in Covid,(example: Coumo in the Jewish communities which have started to trend towards PDJT). These are desperate times for Dems.
You are certainly correct on all counts. That doesn’t mean that judges won’t try to legislate from the bench to support the Left’s agenda. I don’t know enough about the Michigan Supreme Court to understand what they will do.