The GOP-controlled state Legislature today filed notice it plans to appeal a federal judge’s ruling allowing absentee ballots to be counted so long as they’re postmarked by Election Day and received six days later on Nov. 9.
The brief filing also indicated GOP lawmakers intend to “imminently” file an emergency motion with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to stay the preliminary injunction issued by Judge William Conley, pending the appeal.
Conley on Monday stayed his decision seven days to give the Legislature as well as the state and national Republican parties time to appeal the ruling. The state and national GOP may file a separate appeal in the lawsuit.
Conley’s order also:
*extends by one week to Oct. 21 the deadline to register to vote online or by mail.
*allows voters who request absentee ballots but don’t receive them in the mail to get a replacement ballot electronically between Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.
*bans enforcing a requirement that those serving as election officials Nov. 3 must be a resident of the county in which the municipality where they’re working is located.
The Legislature’s filing didn’t indicate the parts of Conley’s ruling it plans to appeal.