Push is on in Wisconsin to return 320K outstanding ballots

Absentee Ballot

MADISON, Wis. — With just a week to go until Election Day and 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots in hotly contested battleground Wisconsin, the push is on to get all ballots returned.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to extend the deadline for mailed-in votes to be received and counted in Wisconsin, meaning all ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

The court refused to extend the counting period by six days, as Democrats had wanted and a lower court judge had agreed to do.

With the rules now set, both Republicans and Democrats said Tuesday that they were focused on making sure their voters got their ballots in on time.