Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12

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Mail in absentee ballot (Photo: US Air Force)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day.

The justices on Wednesday refused to disturb a decision by the State Board of Elections to lengthen the period from three to nine days, pushing back the deadline to Nov. 12.

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North Carolina’s attorney general, a Democrat, hailed the high court’s decision to reject a Republican request to step into the matter.

Under the Supreme Court’s order, mailed ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 in order to be counted.

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