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Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12

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Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 8:15 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to 9 days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats.

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.

The board’s decision was part of a legal settlement with a union-affiliated group.

Under the Supreme Court’s order, mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Nov. 3) and must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 in order to be counted.

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