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Justice Department sues Michigan for overseas ballot violations

STARS and STRIPES~~~YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – The U.S. Justice Department is suing Michigan for failing to send ballots to overseas voters in time for the state’s Aug. 7 federal primary.

It was the third state the federal government has sued this year on similar grounds, and the fifth time it has taken action against Michigan since 1988.

The latest lawsuit claims Michigan has violated federal law and urges the state to “ensure that the State’s [Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act] voters have sufficient opportunity to vote” next week.

The suit also claims Michigan violated the MOVE Act, a 2009 law which requires states to mail or transmit ballots within 45 days of a federal election.

“Michigan has failed to provide any information on whether 443 jurisdictions have transmitted ballots to (overseas) voters in compliance with the 45-day deadline,” the lawsuit states.

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