The 2-1 ruling – a victory for those who challenged Republican plans – cuts off a week-long deadline after Election Day where state officials were scheduled to receive ballots. sent by mail. The court found the Minnesota Secretary of State’s whereabouts went against state law saying ballots delivered by mail to election officials after 8pm on Election Day should be marked late.
“The minister’s instructions to count mail-in votes received up to seven days after Election Day contradict the Minnesota electoral law governing presidential elections,” the ruling stated.
The decision resolves the deadline for voting by absentee ballot in a battlefield state one day after the US Supreme Court rejected plans in Pennsylvania and North Carolina to continue accepting ballots after Election Day.
Trump̵7;s campaign has been on the side of cutting off election day vote reception.
Thursday night’s decision has the potential to mess with the plans of Minnesota voters, who have not yet submitted their absentee ballots. It raises the possibility that those votes might not count if they are postmarked in the coming days.
But the 8th Round Appeal Court urged voters to consider voting differently, because the court has yet to decide whether the ballots that arrive by mail after Election Day are legal.
“It is better to announce those voters now while they still have at least some time to adjust their plans and vote in an unquestionably legal way,” the appeals court said in a statement. decision.
The Court of Appeal said that ballots received by officials after Election Day should be kept separate from those received on time and not counted.
“The consequences of this order are not lost on our side,” the court said. “We acknowledge and understand the concerns about voter confusion, electoral governance issues and public confidence in the election. … With that, we conclude that challenges that will arise from this ruling are more appropriate than a post-election scenario in which voting by mail, received after a statutory deadline, or alternating with votes received on time or otherwise disabled without prior warning. “
The Court of Appeal sided with two of the Republican candidates for the Electoral College group in Minnesota. The two electors challenged the Secretary of State Minnesota’s decision to give the state an extra week to receive votes after Election Day.
This story has been updated with additional details.