Wisconsin Supreme Court Bans Use Of Ballot Drop Boxes

Hope for election integrity is burning bright today! Advocates of cleaner American elections are cheering after the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted in a majority to ban usage of unmanned drop boxes for ballot collection in future elections.

The vote occurred Friday, with the judges passing it 4-3.

According to reporting by The Daily Wire, the court ruled that “voters would have the option to turn their ballots in-person or mail them in,” and that “drop boxes will not be used in the August primary or the 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.

“The key phrase is ‘in person’ and it must be assigned its natural meaning,” explained Justice Rebecca Bradley, writer of the majority decision.

“Only the legislature may permit absentee voting via ballot drop boxes,” she additionally wrote.

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley dissented from the ruling, writing that “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.”

The ruling in Wisconsin comes several months after a Pennsylvania court ruled a 2019 election policy that allowed anybody in the state to apply for and receive a mail-in ballot at least 50 days in advance was “unconstitutional.”

“A constitutional amendment must be presented to the people and adopted into our fundamental law before legislation authorizing no-excuse mail-in voting can ‘be placed upon our statute books,” the court explained.

Various conservatives expressed enthusiasm over the Wisconsin decision.

Trump-endorsed construction executive Tim Michels, a candidate for governor in the state, laid out his appreciation for the ruling and desire to go even further.

“I’m glad the court today sided with election integrity and affirmed our belief that unmanned drop boxes were illegal. However, to fully restore the integrity of Wisconsin’s elections, we must defeat Tony Evers,” Michels said in a statement.

Former Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch also celebrated the decision, calling it a “HUGE win for election integrity.”

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