‘No Authority To Do It’: Wisconsin Judge Bans Ballot Drop Boxes, Ballot Harvesting
A Waukesha County judge ruled Thursday that ballot drop boxes cannot be used in the state of Wisconsin, asserting that the Wisconsin Elections Commission has “no authority” to permit the drop boxes.
“It’s all good and nice, but there’s no authority to do it,” said Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren.
Judge Bohren made the determination in response to a lawsuit filed by voters represented by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), The Federalist explained Monday.
Notably, Bohren’s ruling also blocks outsiders from returning a voter’s absentee ballot for them. “That means political groups can’t pick up ballots for voters — a practice that has not been widely used in Wisconsin,” according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
In a press release, WILL said Judge Bohren’s decision bans ballot harvesting.