Federal judge rejects Indiana absentee voting law, extending ballot deadline

A federal judge Tuesday evening rejected Indiana’s noon Election Day deadline to receive absentee ballots, allowing Hoosiers more time to mail in absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential election. 

The ruling from Judge Sarah Evans Barker means absentee ballots postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and received on or before Nov. 13 will be counted.

The decision came just hours before President Donald Trump and Joe Biden were set to debate for the first time. 

Common Cause Indiana, the organization leading the lawsuit, had argued the Nov. 3 noon absentee deadline constituted “an undue burden on the fundamental right to vote” during the coronavirus pandemic, according to court documents. 

This story will be updated.

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