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Another Absentee Voting Lawsuit Filed In Michigan

Sep 30, 2020

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A federal lawsuit filed by two former Republican secretaries of state has joined the swirl of litigation surrounding absentee voting and the upcoming election.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Republicans Terri Lynn Land and Ruth Johnson are the immediate predecessors to Democrat Jocelyn Benson.  She wants ballots to be counted as long as they were sent before the polls close.  Land and Johnson want a judge to set a hard deadline of 8 o’clock election night for absentee ballots to arrive.  Stu Sandler is the general counsel for the Michigan Republican Party, who also says that should be the rule.

“We need some certainty.  We need some application of Michigan law, and hopefully this gets resolved quickly.”

A state Court of Claims judge has said mail-in ballots postmarked by the day before the election and that arrive within 14 days must be included in the tally by local election officials.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org