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Federal judge rules Wisconsin can count absentee ballots six days after election


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federal judge ruled Monday that Wisconsin officials may count absentee votes in the crucial swing state for as many as six days after the Nov. 3 election, provided ballots are postmarked by the date of the election.

U.S. District Judge William Conley, an appointee of President Barack Obama, said his order was necessary to protect the voting rights of citizens impacted by the pandemic.

“While the Legislature would opt to disregard the voting rights of these so-called procrastinators, Wisconsin’s election system sets them up for failure in light of the near certain impacts of this ongoing pandemic,” Conley wrote in a decision some expect to be appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.:snip:

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