Wisconsin Supreme Court rules that Democrat-favored absentee ballot drop boxes are illegal under state law

Amid the pandemic in 2020, election officials in numerous states relaxed rules and expanded access to mail-in absentee ballots, often without authorization from state legislatures, which resulted in a massive increase in the use of absentee ballots and, for some, cast doubt on the validity of the electoral outcomes in such states.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Wisconsin Elections Commission violated state law by unilaterally allowing for the widespread use of ballot drop boxes during the 2020 election, Breitbart reported.

That 4-3 ruling essentially vindicates former President Donald Trump, who had argued at that time that the use of such unmanned and unsecured ballot drop boxes had greatly increased the risk for voter fraud committed by Democrats and resulted in President Joe Biden fraudulently winning the state’s electoral votes.

Ballot drop boxes are illegal in Wisconsin

In the majority opinion written by Justice Rebecca Bradley, she first looked at two memos issued in 2020 by the Wisconsin Elections Commission that authorized local officials and municipal clerks to set up multiple ballot drop boxes that could be “staffed or unstaffed, temporary or permanent,” and could receive ballots delivered by actual voters or anybody else dropping off ballots on their behalf.

A pair of Wisconsin voters had sued and argued that the memos constituted “unpromulgated administrative rules” and that, per Wisconsin law, absentee ballots could only be returned via mail or in-person in a clerk’s office. A lower court agreed and issued an injunction against the WEC that required a withdrawal of those memos and barred the commission from further unauthorized interpretations of state statutes.

That ruling was appealed by the WEC and supportive Democrats, but the majority affirmed the lower court and Bradley wrote, “We hold the documents are invalid because ballot drop boxes are illegal under Wisconsin statutes. 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 alternate site.”

Bradley later concluded, “Only the legislature may permit absentee voting via ballot drop boxes. WEC cannot. Ballot drop boxes appear nowhere in the detailed statutory system for absentee voting.”

“WEC’s authorization of ballot drop boxes was unlawful, and we therefore affirm the circuit court’s declarations and permanent injunction of WEC’s erroneous interpretations of law except to the extent its remedies required absentee voters to personally mail their ballots, an issue we do not decide at this time, and we decline to decide at this time whether the memos are also invalid as unpromulgated administrative rules,” she added.

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who is up for re-election this year and has echoed former President Trump’s concerns about election integrity and ballot drop boxes, said of the ruling, “Regardless of political affiliation, the goal should be to restore confidence in the integrity of our election system. This decision is a big step in the right direction.”

Trump himself weighed in on the matter with a post to his Truth Social platform that read, “This means I won the very closely contested (not actually) Wisconsin Presidential race because they used these corrupt and scandal-ridden Scam Boxes.”

GOP strategist Ken Blackwell, chair of the America First Policy Institute’s Center for Election Integrity, told Breitbart, “Today a majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court had the courage to admit what some of its members refused to do when it mattered in the 2020 presidential election: Thousands of Biden’s votes in that state were illegal.”

“The 2020 election is over, Biden is president, and Trump would have had to win court cases in more than one state to change that outcome,” he added. “But today’s decision shows that far from a ‘Big Lie,’ there were indeed widespread violations of state election law in Wisconsin, and possibly other swing states as well.”

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