The DOJ sued, and came to a court-approved agreement with Illinois that the state would extend the deadline for postmarking military ballots from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2. The agreement also extends the deadline for receiving the ballots by two to three days, depending on the county, to Nov. 18 or Nov. 19.
The state GOP says that's not enough, and filed a motion to intervene in the case. Among other things, according to court documents, the party demanded that the court erase any postmark deadline.
A federal judge, however, denied intervention during a hearing today, a DOJ spokesperson tells TPM.
The request, according to the head of the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ, was "unprecedented."
"The Illinois Republican Party is seeking unprecedented relief," Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez told reporters today. "They want to give voters the right to wait until after Election Day to cast their vote. There has never been such a remedy ordered in our nation's history, and that's the remedy they are seeking."
Additional reporting by Ryan J. Reilly