Court blocks extension of Wisconsin absentee ballot deadline

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The back-and-forth in the battle over absentee ballots in Wisconsin is volleyed yet again today.

A federal appeals court blocked a decision to extend the deadline for counting absentee ballots by six days in the state.

Under state law, absentee ballots are due in local clerks’ offices by 8 p.m. on election night.

However, groups sued to extend the deadline after the April presidential primary saw long lines, fewer polling places, a shortage of poll workers, and thousands of ballots.

If the ruling stands, absentee ballots will have to be delivered to Wisconsin election clerks by 8 p.m. on November 3 in order to be counted.

The ruling makes it more likely results of the race for president *will be known within hours of the polls closing.

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