Wisconsin Supreme Court weighs legality of ballot drop boxes

As the midterms draw closer, the Wisconsin Supreme Court is weighing some important questions about voting left over from the last presidential election.

The court listened to arguments from conservatives and liberals about the legality of ballot drop boxes and ballot harvesting on Wednesday, according to reports.

WI Supreme Court weighs drop boxes

The case was brought by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, a conservative group. A judge had agreed with the group’s complaint in January that Wisconsin law only allows a voter to mail their ballot themselves or drop it off in-person to a municipal clerk.

Conservative Justice Rebecca Bradley balked Wednesday at the argument of Charles Curtis, attorney for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, that the phrase “in person” could be stretched to include ballot harvesting.

“Every dictionary that I consulted for the definition of ‘in person’ said it means by oneself or something similar,” she said. “So how can it be that somebody other than the elector can deliver the ballot in accordance with the statute?”‘

The court’s swing vote, Brian Hagedorn, asked whether it would be legal for his wife to take “three steps” and stick his ballot in the mailbox for him. Liberal justice Jill Karofsky seemed to relish the response of Rick Esenberg, the attorney for the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, who said it would be illegal.

“I’m sure you can appreciate how absurd that result is,” Karofsky said.

The 2020 election continues to echo

Hagedorn also pressed Esenberg to define what a dropbox is and the circumstances that make it legal, or not, to use. What about a slot that sends ballots straight to a clerk’s office? What if a dropbox is attended by staff?

“I think it’s really important that we define this carefully and not generically,” he said.

The dropbox controversy is just one of many lingering from the 2020 election. which saw President Trump and many of his allies loudly protest dramatic changes to voting that made casting a ballot more convenient, but less secure.

Democrats have since sought to make those changes — which were initially rammed through on the pretext of COVID — permanent while blasting anyone in their way as a “conspiracy theorist” promoting the “big lie” that the 2020 election was illegitimate.

President Biden squeaked by in Wisconsin, one of the critical states that paved his path to the White House, by about 20,000 votes.

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