Court Rules Absentee Ballots Must Be Delivered On Election Day

The full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked a decision to extend the deadline for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin. That means absentee ballots must be delivered to clerks by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted, and results of the presidential race could be known within hours of polls closing. Democrats will likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge William Conley had ruled ballots which arrive by November 9 would be counted, as long as they’re postmarked by Election Day. Republicans appealed to a three-judge panel at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld Conley’s ruling last week. Republicans then asked the full 11 member court to review the case. The court stayed Conley’s decision on Thursday.