Absentee ballots that arrive in Wisconsin after election day can be counted, so long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3.
That's according to a Wednesday ruling by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, which declined Republicans' request to suspend a previous ruling that allows absentee ballots to be counted for six days after the presidential election.
The judges didn't give a reason, The Associated Press reports. Republican state lawmakers were pushing to get the case to the Supreme Court.
The day before, a three-judge panel unanimously vacated the stay of a lower court ruling that granted the extension to count absentee ballots, saying that the Legislature, Republican National Committee and state Republican Party didn't have the legal standing to bring the appeal in the first place.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal notes the ruling was a victory for Democrats in a crucial swing state who pushed for the loosening of election rules amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but a loss for Republicans who tried to prevent any changes to the rules.
Republicans had challenged the extension to return absentee ballots in a lawsuit, similar to a lawsuit in Minnesota that challenges Secretary of State Steve Simon's decision to accept mail-in ballots that arrive up to a week late, the Star Tribune reported. A ruling on that lawsuit hasn't yet happened.