Obama-appointed judge shoots down Democrat-led law firm's attempt to challenge Wisconsin voting law

 May 13, 2024

Wisconsin will once again play a critical role in who becomes the next president, and as a result, the state's election laws are constantly being challenged. 

Democrats are especially concerned about some specific voting laws regarding absentee ballots, and a Democrat-run law firm recently challenged a state law regarding a witness requirement for absentee voters.

According to Fox News, the lawsuit was so ridiculous that a federal judge appointed by former President Barack Obama essentially laughed it out of court.

The outlet noted that "the Elias Law Group, the firm founded by Democratic super lawyer and former Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias," brought the lawsuit.

"Doesn't make sense"

U.S. District Judge James Peterson held nothing back in his criticism of the plaintiff's case.

"Normally, the court would begin by searching for other textual clues in the statute. But in this case, the most obvious problem with plaintiffs’ interpretation is that it simply does not make any sense," Peterson said in his ruling.

The state voting law that Elias and his firm brought against the state centered around language that requires "witness certification" for absentee ballot voters.

Fox News noted:

Elias said the witness requirement violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Civil Rights Act of 1964, arguing that a witness would be forced to verify the eligibility of the voter filling out the ballot.

Peterson's ruling continued, "Under plaintiffs’ interpretation, every witness would have to determine the voter’s age, residence, citizenship, criminal history, whether the voter is unable or unwilling to vote in person, whether the voter has voted at another location or is planning to do so, whether the voter is capable of understanding the objective of the voting process, whether the voter is under a guardianship, and, if so, whether a court has determined that the voter is competent."

He added, "The statute allows any adult U.S. citizen to serve as a witness, suggesting that a wide variety of people should be able to do the job… It makes no sense to interpret § 6.87 in a way that would make compliance virtually impossible."

Not the first failed attempt

Elias and his firm's latest legal failure followed another after he attempted to force the redrawing of the state's latest congressional map.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court shot it down by not even entertaining the notion.

Elias, according to observers, has a checkered past of controversy with several failed attempts under his belt. One might ask why Democrats even bother to hire him?

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