(RightIsRight.co) – HAPPENING NOW: By a one-vote margin along ideological lines, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin has outlawed the use of ballot drop boxes during elections.
The court also outlawed “ballot harvesting.” Ballot harvesting is when voters give their completed absentee ballots to someone else for delivery to a polling place.
As the Associated Press reports in, “Wisconsin Supreme Court disallows absentee ballot drop boxes”:
“Wisconsin’s conservative-controlled Supreme Court ruled Friday that absentee ballot drop boxes may be placed only in election offices and that no one other than the voter can return a ballot in person, dealing a critical defeat to Democrats in the battleground state.” [emphasis added]
The ruling hinged on a strict reading of the language in state statutes.
“‘Nothing in the statutory language detailing the procedures by which absentee ballots may be cast mentions drop boxes or anything like them,’ Justice Rebecca Bradley wrote for the majority.
“The court said absentee ballots can be returned only to the clerk’s office or a designated alternative site but that site cannot be an unstaffed drop box. [emphasis added]
It remains to be seen if similar lawsuits in other states result in similar rulings outlawing ballot drop boxes and “ballot harvesting.”
This is a breaking news report from Right Is Right.
BREAKING: A split Wisconsin Supreme Court rules unmanned drop boxes are illegal and voters must deliver their absentee ballots by mail or in-person to their clerks.
— JR Ross (@jrrosswrites) July 8, 2022