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Watchdog sues North Dakota for counting ballots after Election Day

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), an election integrity group, has filed a federal lawsuit against North Dakota election officials over state law allowing ballots to be accepted and counted by correspondence after election day.

The PILF filed a lawsuit in district court on Thursday, claiming that North Dakota’s law that allows state election officials to accept and count mail-in ballots for up to 13 days after Election Day violates federal law.

“Election Day has ceased to be a day,” PILF President J. Christian Adams said in a statement. “Instead, we have election month because states accept ballots that arrive days or even weeks after election day.”

“Not only does this lead to mistrust and chaos in the system, it also violates federal law,” Adams said. “PILF is fighting to end this anarchy and restore election day to day.”

North Dakota is one of 18 states, and the District of Columbia, that accepts and counts ballots after Election Day.

Last year, North Dakota election officials accepted nearly 300 mail-in ballots after Election Day and counted more than 200 of those ballots in the midterm elections. One ballot, PILF’s lawsuit states, had no postmark but was counted anyway.

The case is Splonskowski vs. WhiteNo. 1:23-cv-00123-DMT-CRH in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here.

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