The Wisconsin Elections Commission received a lawsuit from the Elias Law Group, a Democratic firm, that wishes to bring back absentee drop boxes – which was previously blocked.
The suit named the plaintiffs under Priorities USA, the state’s Alliance For Retired Americans and Dane County resident, William Franks, Jr. Which came two weeks before Wisconsin’s Supreme Court went to a liberty majority.
Absentee ballots are done by those who are unable or don’t want to attend a polling station, this type became widespread amidst the coronavirus. Due to this rise in popularity, former president Donald Trump criticized the practice as fraudulent – causing the ban of these drop boxes.
WEC Receives Lawsuit
As a result of this criticism, the state’s Supreme Court decided to limit drop boxes to election clerk offices only. The suit argues that this significantly impacts voters who instead have to rely on the UPS to deliver their ballot by election day.
Many expressed distaste for having to mail their ballots, fearing they could be lost or delayed during transit – preferring alternative methods, such as the absentee drop boxes from before.
The suit adds that the state’s failure to recognize the rights of absentee voting violates their constitution. The suit also wants to undo that a witness must sign these absentee ballots, and any problems must be corrected by the original voter before an 8 pm deadline.
In addition, election clerks are prohibited from filling missing address information on these ballots. The suit adds that the state has been relying on absentee voting, and that certain changes made have made it difficult for voters who have disabilities or lack of transportation.
They add that these changes have also made certain votes be cast aside for violating unneeded rules. Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley comments that lawmakers are responsible for policymaking, not WEC, and that they still must follow the state’s law.