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UPDATE: GOP loses bid to suspend Wisconsin absentee ballot ruling

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UPDATE (AP) — A federal appeals court has declined a request by Republicans to suspend a ruling that would allow absentee ballots to be counted in the presidential battleground state for six days after the election.

The Republican National Committee, state GOP party and Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to keep the ruling on hold.

They want the Wisconsin Supreme Court to address a separate question of whether the Legislature has standing to sue in the case. The appeals court denied the motion hours later without comment.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature is asking a federal appeals court to put on hold its ruling allowing for absentee ballots to be counted in the presidential battleground state for six days after the election.

The move comes after a Tuesday federal appeals court ruling that upheld a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin.

Two days before that, on Sept. 27, a federal appeals court temporarily halted the six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin.

The original ruling came Sept. 21 when a federal judge ruled that absentee ballots in Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.

The Legislature on Wednesday asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to keep the ruling on hold until the Wisconsin Supreme Court addresses a separate question of whether the Legislature has standing to sue in the case.

Attorneys for the Legislature say keeping the ruling on hold would be in standing with federal court precedent to “avoid sowing ‘voter confusion’ during an impending (or, here, ongoing) election."

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