Judge Rejects Challenge to Michigan’s Online Request System for Absentee Ballots

A Michigan judge turned down a challenge to the state’s online system to request absentee ballots.

Critics argued the online option violated Michigan law, which requires a signed application.

But the judge said they waited too long to seek an injunction, adding they “merely theorized” that fraud might occur with mail-in ballots.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson opened online applications for absentee ballots in June.

The lawsuit was filed in August, and an injunction was sought one month ago on September 25.

The judge says legal precedent “has long counseled against disrupting a looming election” adding that the state allows voters to borrow their signature from a driver’s license or another state ID to apply for a ballot.

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