Yesterday Attorney General Curtis Hill asked a federal appeals court to stay a district court injunction requiring election officials to count mail-in ballots received after the state’s deadline of noon on Election Day. The court, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, immediately granted an administrative stay of the district court’s injunction to remain in effect until it considers the state’s motion. Indiana law provides voters multiple ways to cast their ballots. In-person voters may either vote at their precinct polling place (or vote center) sometime between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 3 or cast an in-person absentee ballot at the clerk’s office (or authorized satellite location) sometime during the 28 days ending on noon Nov. 2. And, unless they are overseas, Hoosiers who are eligible and choose to cast a mail-in ballot must ensure their ballots are received by noon on Nov. 3. A federal district court recently issued a preliminary injunction against the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots — ordering that Indiana must extend that deadline by 10 days so long as ballots were postmarked by Election Day. That ruling, Attorney General Hill said, flies in the face of repeated U.S. Supreme Court admonitions that courts should not issue election-related injunctions at the eleventh hour as well as recent federal court decisions (including from the 7th Circuit) specifically rejecting requests to extend Election Day ballot-receipt deadlines in other states. On Tuesday, the district court temporarily stayed its injunction for seven days to permit the state time to seek a longer stay from the 7th Circuit. Yesterday’s filing asks for that relief, and yesterday’s order from the 7th Circuit declares that “(t)he stay entered by the district court will remain in force until this Court has had an opportunity to rule on the state’s motion.”