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-- The department sued New York after nine counties, including those in New York City, missed the deadline. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who wrote the overseas voter law, called on officials to extend the deadline to receive ballots by at least 10 days.
-- The department sued New Mexico after six counties missed the deadline. The lawsuit was settled after state officials agreed to count absentee and overseas ballots received by Nov. 6.
-- Hinojosa confirmed the department is investigating whether Illinois counties met the deadline after a county clerk said a pending court decision delayed the printing of ballots.
"They're right to be taking action," Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat with the non-partisan Overseas Vote Foundation told the newspaper. "The message is that this is serious."
An analysis by Chicago's Sun-Times found no evidence of major problems in shipping ballots overseas from Illinois.
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