Wisconsin Supreme Court Nixes Move To Ban Ballot Drop Boxes

In this July 7, 2020, file photo a woman wearing gloves drops off a mail-in ballot at a drop box in Hackensack, N.J. With the Trump administration openly trying to undermine mail-in voting this fall, some election officials around the country are hoping to bypass the Postal Service by installing lots of ballot drop boxes in libraries, community centers and other public places. Seth Wenig/AP Photo

Court Voted 4-3 To Decline The Case

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  • Saturday, June 26, 2021, 2:00pm

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has rejected a move to ban absentee ballot drop boxes.

Conservative businessman Jere Fabick petitioned the Supreme Court in March to ban drop boxes and prohibit elections officials from filling in missing addresses of witnesses on absentee ballot envelopes. He also sought to limit who can return absentee ballots.

While the Supreme Court said the lawsuit put forward important questions, the majority declined to take the case. As with other recent politically tinged cases, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, this one was decided 4-3 by the court’s liberals and Justice Brian Hagedorn, who was elected with Republican support.