Federal appeals court upholds 6-day extension to count Wisconsin absentee ballots

Nearly 800 absentee ballots invalid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin, a decision that is a win for Democrats who argue that anything less amounts to vote suppression.

Absentee ballots are typically due at local clerks’ offices by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

A lower court judge ruled that ballots that arrive up to six days after Election Day will count if postmarked by Election Day. That could mean the winner in Wisconsin won’t be known for days after the polls close.

Republicans appealed the ruling to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That court upheld the extension Tuesday.

Republicans are likely to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.