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Supreme Court Allows NC Voters Mail-In Ballots To Count Until Nov. 12

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

By: Eris Lowdermilk

The Supreme Court decided Oct. 28 that North Carolina voters' mail-in ballots for the upcoming election can be counted if they are received no later than Nov. 12, but they must be stamped by 5 p.m. Election Day. 

With days left before Election Day, the previous deadline for ballots to be received by local boards was Nov. 6, as set by state lawmakers.

The Supreme Court declined to overturn lower court rulings in the 5-3 decision. The new Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in this case. 

The main issue of this case was if the State Board of Elections had the authority to change the deadline without any action from the legislature.

Battaglia, Danielle, Campbell, Colin, and Murphy, Brian. (2020, October 28) US Supreme Court keeps Nov. 12 deadline for NC to accept mailed-in absentee ballots. The News & Observer.

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