Wisconsin Judge Rules Ballot Drop Boxes Unlawful

The decision, said one critic, 'underscores the imperative of a voting rights legislation that ensures the freedom to vote is protected nationally.'

1/15/2022 5:57:00 PM

The decision, said one critic, 'underscores the imperative of a voting rights legislation that ensures the freedom to vote is protected nationally.'

The decision, said one critic, \u0022underscores the imperative of a voting rights legislation that ensures the freedom to vote is protected nationally.\u0022

Associated Pressreportingthat the"conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court is ultimately expected to rule on the legality of the widespread use of drop boxes in the battleground state."Jeff Mandell, president and lead counsel at Law Forward—which represented Disability Rights Wisconsin, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice in the case—took issue with the judge's determination and underscored the need for national legislation to protect voting rights.

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An appeal is likely, with the Associated Press reporting that the"conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court is ultimately expected to rule on the legality of the widespread use of drop boxes in the battleground state.Oriana Gonzalez Volunteers assist a voter at an early voting ballot drop-off location in Milwaukee, Wis.Adrian’s criminal court docket would be assigned to another judge until further notice, McCartney told the Herald-Whig .On Location: January 14, 2022 Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.

" Jeff Mandell, president and lead counsel at Law Forward—which represented Disability Rights Wisconsin, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice in the case—took issue with the judge's determination and underscored the need for national legislation to protect voting rights. "The statutes do not prohibit drop boxes. Photo: Thomas Werner/Bloomberg via Getty Images A judge in Wisconsin ruled on Thursday that absentee ballot drop boxes cannot be used in the state. They are legal," Mandell wrote in a Twitter thread following the decision. He did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment on Friday. He said the ruling"creates new barriers for Wisconsinites to vote absentee" just ahead of the Feb. Bohren said he will finalize an injunction mandating that Wisconsin's Election Commission stop advising that drop boxes can be used. 15 primary and"in the midst of the Omicron surge of the Covid-19 pandemic. MORE: Settlement talks break down with migrant families separated at border Guzmán Curipoma's attorneys, Angelica Cogliano and Addy Miró, argued that Operation Lone Star violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.

" "If it goes into effect," warned Mandell,"this ruling will prevent some people from casting their ballots. There were 500 boxes available in the state at the time, according to the. “I asked him to stop multiple times and he wouldn’t." Political scientist Don Moynihan similarly said the ruling points to a need for federal legislation to strengthen voting rights. Referring to the drop boxes, Moynihan tweeted that the"state Legislature won't put them back because they believe it's in their interests to limit voting and they can do so because of gerrymandering. That's why federal election reforms is the only way to fix these issues. 3 sentencing hearing." Despite widespread public support, two pieces of proposed federal legislation to strengthen voting rights—the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R.S.

Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act—have stalled in Congress amid GOP .