Georgia’s Cobb County has plans to extend the ballot return deadline for around 1,000 absentee voters who had not been sent their mail ballots on time after their initial request.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center sued the Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration on Sunday after they announced that approximately 1,046 absentee ballots had not been mailed out to those who requested them in the battleground state. According to the reports, this mistake was caused by human error.
Daniel White, one of the attorneys for the county’s election board, has said that both of the parties have already submitted to a judge a proposed consent order. This will also be followed by an emergency hearing. As part of this entire process it might be needed for the polls to be extended post-Nov. 14. However, the ballots will still need to be postmarked by Election Day.
The order was signed on Monday, which was the same day as the proposals were submitted. If this passes, then those people who have been sent overnight ballots for the mistake to be amended will be able to have their votes counted even if it arrives later. However, they must all post their ballot by Election Day. Any votes that are not postmarked by that day will not be counted.