Michigan ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 must be counted in election, judge rules

LANSING, Mich. — Ballots postmarked as late as the day before Election Day must be counted, even if they arrive after the polls close, a Michigan judge ruled Friday.The ruling from Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens has huge ramifications for Nov. 3, when 3 million or more absentee ballots are expected to be cast in Michigan, smashing previous records.If the ruling stands, it should help ensure every Michigan ballot is counted, but also increase the likelihood that results might not be known on Election Day, or soon after. Under Stephens’ ruling, late-arriving mail-in ballots coul…

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