Appeals court reverses lower-court ruling on provisional ballots in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. A federal appeals court has ruled that provisional ballots cast outside the precinct where a voter resides cannot be counted in Michigan.That's a reversal of a lower court that ruled the ballots should be counted as long as they are cast in the right city, township or village.
Provisional ballots are required in all states for the first time this year. They're used when voters say they are properly registered but their names are not on the registration rolls.
The lead attorney for the Michigan Democratic Party called the ruling a "sad day" for average citizens. An appeal won't be filed before the election.
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