US court backs Indiana’s limits on voting time extensions

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INDIANANPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a law unique to Indiana that prohibits voters from asking county judges to extend voting hours beyond the state’s 6 p.m. closing time on Election Day.

The ruling throws out a federal judge’s decision last month against the law passed in 2019 by Indiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature. The law prohibits anyone other than a county election board from requesting court orders to extend voting hours if there are problems with voting on Election Day.

The appeals court ruled that the law “does not place any burden on Indiana residents’ constitutional right to cast a ballot.”

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