Judge Bans “Ballot Harvesting” Drop Boxes

Judge Bans

(TargetLiberty.org) – A Wisconsin judge has struck a blow for democracy, outlawing two of the Left’s favorite electoral techniques. For years, Democrat activists have been pushing the boundaries of election law to scrape up every vote they can. Now, someone’s pushing back.

On January 13, the circuit court in Waukesha County, WI, heard a lawsuit filed by conservative voters, represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL). The suit argued there are only two legal ways to return an absentee ballot under Wisconsin law – by mail, or by dropping it off at the municipal clerk’s office in person. State law also bans handing in a ballot to anyone except the election official in charge.

WILL brought forward the lawsuit because initially, for the 2020 presidential election, around 500 drop boxes for absentee ballots were set up across the state. The state elections commission also sent a memo to clerks telling them “a family member or another person may also return the ballot on behalf of the voter.” This opens the door to so-called “ballot harvesting,” a technique favored by Democrat activists, where party workers collect absentee ballots and hand them in to officials.

There’s an obvious problem with ballots being under the control of people who’re working to win the election for their own party, but it was a widespread practice in 2020.

Now, Judge Michael Bohren has ruled these dubious techniques are illegal in Wisconsin. He criticized the Elections Commission saying “It’s all good and nice, but there’s no authority to do it.”

How will the Democrats react to having a couple of their toys taken away?

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