Wisconsin court overturns absentee ballot extension.

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Author: Jessica Gregory

The Republican-led 7th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling made Monday that would allow for absentee ballots to be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 Presidential Election. 

It was U.S. District Court Judge William Conley who ruled in favor of an absentee-ballot extension as long as the ballots were postmarked on the date of the election or prior. 

He put a hold on the decision for seven days to curb the GOP who wanted to quickly send it to the appellate court. Channel 3000 reports that once the hold expired, as predicted, the federal ruling was then rejected. 

For months, extending the voter laws in Wisconsin has been a highly polarized debate. Many who oppose the idea believe that it’s unconstitutional as the country would not know who the winning candidate is for a week after the election.  

Those in favor of accepting absentee ballots past Nov. 3 believe it is a necessary accommodation for voting complications during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, a large influx of absentee ballots is highly anticipated. 

Complying with the Wisconsin legislature decision, absentee ballots must be delivered by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to count. 

Election officials suggest mailing your absentee ballot in as soon as possible to avoid any delays.