Michigan just changed its mail-in ballot rules to allow ballots postmarked by November 2 to be counted up to two weeks after the election, which could allow thousands more votes to be counted in the state and delay a definitive election result.
Previously, Election Day was the deadline for mail-in ballots to be received. Temporary ballot harvesting was also allowed by the ruling of Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens, but only between the Friday before the election and Election Day.
“The unrefuted affidavits and documents compel the conclusion that, in light of delays attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, mail delivery has become significantly compromised, and the risk for disenfranchisement when a voter returns an absent voter ballot by mail is very real,” Stephens said of the lawsuit by the Michigan Alliance for Retired Americans.
President Donald Trump only won Michigan in 2016 by 10,000 votes, a razor-thin margin that could easily be disrupted by voting irregularities encouraged by these kinds of rules changes.
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court also ruled to allow ballots to be counted for three days after Election Day and set up satellite election offices and drop boxes to collect ballots.
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