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Justice Department sues PA over absentee ballot deadline

[JURIST] The Department of Justice has filed suit against Pennsylvania election officials, seeking to allow voters overseas an additional two weeks to cast ballots. The DOJ argued in the suit, filed Tuesday, that PA election officals had missed a Sept. 19 deadline to mail ballots to absentee voters due to a dispute over whether to include candidate Ralph Nader. PA officials said they would oppose the suit and argued that they would ensure the ballots were returned by the existing deadline. Eight of 15 swing states have missed the deadline to mail absentee ballots due to legal challenges for ballot access by Nader or late primaries, and two, Ohio and Washington, have extended their deadline for returning the ballots by 10 days. The PA Department of State has more on voting in the state. The New York Times has more.

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