Republican party suing Benson, Nessel to stop counting of late ballots

Posted at 2:45 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 14:45:08-04

(WXYZ) — The Republican National Committee and Michigan Republican Party are suing Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel after a state judge ruled that ballots received after Nov. 3 but postmarked by Nov. 2 could be counted.

Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled that absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 and received within two weeks of the election are allowed to be counted.

In the ruling, Stephens also said that a voter can have anyone help them return their ballots between the Friday before Election Day and on the Nov. 3 Election Day.

“The evidence in this case stands uncontroverted and establishes that the mail system is currently fraught with delays and uncertainty in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Stephens said.

In the lawsuit, both parties are asking Stephens to uphold the constitutionality of the ruling.

View the lawsuit below:

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Key Dates & Deadlines

Thursday, Sept. 24: Absentee ballots mailed out
Monday, Oct. 19: Last day to register in any form
Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.: Voter registration allowed in-person at local clerk
Friday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.: Last day to request absentee ballot by mail
Monday, Nov. 2: Absentee ballots must be postmarked to count
Tuesday, Nov. 3: In-person voting begins; polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.