A U.S. federal appeals court late on Tuesday left in place North Carolina’s plan for counting absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day, dealing a setback to President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
In a 12-3 decision, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a bid to halt the North Carolina State Board of Elections from tallying ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 that arrive before Nov. 12.
The Trump campaign, the North Carolina Republican Party, and others had sued over the timetable, saying that it violated the state’s election code. “All ballots must still be mailed on or before Election Day,” Circuit Judge James Wynn wrote for the court.
Photo: North Carolina GOP chairman Michael Whatley.