The state’s highest court, the court of Appeals, affirmed a lower court order that clears the way for the early counting of mail-in ballots. News of the ruling came down Friday afternoon and the court is expected to issue its written opinion in the coming days.
The order clears the way for the 24 local boards of election to begin counting mail-in ballots as they are received. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge James Bonifant ordered last month that the count could begin as early as Oct. 1.
GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Cox opposed the state board of elections’ petition for an emergency order to allow the counts. He unsuccessfully sought a stay of Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge James Bonifant's order in September that the count could begin as early as Oct. 1. Ballots started arriving in residents' mailboxes just last week. The early count is needed so that the result of the general election in November can be certified in a more timely manner. It took over a month for the primary votes to be finalized.