Sixth Circuit stays Michigan provisional ballot ruling

The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Sunday issued a stay of a District Court order requiring some provisional ballots in Michigan to be counted even if they are cast in the wrong precinct. The court overturned a similar ruling out of Ohio on Saturday. Opponents of the court's decision claim the stricter rules disproportionately hurt poor people, and violate the Help America Vote Act. The court has promised to hear an expedited appeal of the case, but it is unclear if that appeal will occur before the Nov. 2 election. A copy of the District Court's ruling may be read here [PDF]; it was reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. AP has more.

 

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