Michigan Legislature poised to ease processing of ballots

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Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 12:08 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers are poised to ease clerks' ability to process a surge of absentee ballots in the battleground state’s presidential election, letting them start a day earlier than normal.

Election officials currently cannot remove ballots from outer envelopes until 7 a.m. on Election Day - Nov. 3.

Legislation nearing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would allow opening between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2.

Ballots would remain in secrecy envelopes until being counted. The Republican-led House plans to pass the bill Thursday afternoon, and the Senate is likely to follow suit later in the day.

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