According to a report from The Daily Wire, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 to ban the use of drop boxes in the state’s elections. Voters will not be able to drop ballots into unmanned boxes and cannot give their ballots to others for dropoff; the remaining options are in-person voting or mail-in voting.
Drop boxes will not be used in the August primary or the upcoming general election.
“An absentee ballot must be returned by mail or the voter must personally deliver it to the municipal clerk at the clerk’s office or a designated alternative site,” the majority decision said.
From The Daily Wire:
The lawsuit, initiated by two Wisconsin voters, was brought against several entities including the Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Documents in question included guidance from the WEC on mail-in-ballots and voting. The lawsuit alleged that ballot drop boxes “causes doubts about the fairness of the elections and erodes voter confidence in the electoral process.”
“The key phrase is ‘in person’ and it must be assigned its natural meaning,” said Justice Rebecca Bradley, who wrote the majority decision. She also said that election regulations regarding ballot drop boxes should come from the legislature.
“Only the legislature may permit absentee voting via ballot drop boxes,” she wrote.
The courts liberal leaning justices said the decision restricted the right to vote.
“Although it pays lip service to the import of the right to vote, the majority/lead opinion has the practical effect of making it more difficult to exercise it,” Justice Ann Walsh Bradley wrote in her dissent.
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