The Federalist reported that judge Michael O. Bohren of the Waukesha County Circuit Court ruled that ballot harvesting and ballot drop boxes violate Wisconsin’s state laws and cannot be used in the upcoming November midterm elections.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported:
A Waukesha County judge ruled Thursday that absentee ballot drop boxes can’t be used in Wisconsin, potentially upending aspects of the spring elections and the fall’s high-profile contests for governor and U.S. Senate.
After hearing three hours of arguments, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren determined state law allows absentee ballots to be returned in person or by mail — but not in a ballot drop box.
Bohren said that “It’s all good and nice, but there’s no authority to do it.”
According to a database compiled by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, drop boxes have long been available in some Wisconsin communities, but their use expanded greatly in 2020 when absentee voting exploded because of the coronavirus pandemic. More than 500 of them were available during the presidential election.
This news comes after an Arizona Democratic operative pled guilty to charges of running an elaborate illegal ballot collection scheme in the 2020 elections.
According to an AP report, Guillermina Fuentes, a former mayor of San Luis allegedly convinced voters in San Luis to let her collect their ballots and she allegedly filled out multiple of these ballots.
Fuentes was initially indicted on one count of ballot harvesting in December 2020. In October 2021, an investigation by The Election Integrity Unit Of Arizona brought another charge against her along with a second defendant, Alma Juarez.
As midterm elections approach news of this nature will become more popular in the public eye and hopefully encourage legislators to follow Judge Bohren’s lead in banning drop boxes and ballot harvesting.
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