Judge rules Indiana absentee ballots be counted until by Nov. 13

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Hoosier voters now have longer to return their mail-in absentee ballots. A federal judge is prohibiting state and county election officials from enforcing a state requirement to have ballots back by noon on Election Day.

Instead, the judge is ordering the Indiana Election Commission to create new rules that would let absentee ballots postmarked by November 3rd be counted as long as they are received before November 13th. An appeal from Attorney General Curtis Hill is expected.

If the order stays in effect, Indiana’s final election results will likely not be known on election night.

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