Michi­gan court stops two-week ab­sen­tee ex­ten­sion

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NATION/ WORLD/ POLITICS -

DETROIT — 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.

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.

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