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Wisconsin Supreme Court rules absentee voter drop boxes are illegal

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Wisconsin’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that absentee voter drop boxes are illegal under the state’s constitution. The court upheld Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren’s ruling from January. According to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, there were 500 ballot drop boxes that were widely used in Wisconsin during the 2020 election.

The lawsuit was brought by two Wisconsin voters who asked the judge to block the use of drop boxes. Bohren ruled absentee ballots can be returned via mail or in person, but under state law, drop boxes are not allowed.

Axios reports “Absentee voting and drop boxes surged in popularity during the pandemic, with more than 40%of all voters casting mail ballots during the 2020 election.”

The ruling “is a blow to Democrats in the battleground state before the 2022 and 2024 elections. Biden narrowly beat Trump in Wisconsin by just under 21,000 votes in 2020” adds Axios.

The state Supreme Court ruled that Wisconsin voters will be required to mail or return completed absentee ballots in person to designated officials or to drop boxes in elected officials’ offices.

“Wisconsin’s election statutes require that to return an absentee ballot in person, voters must personally deliver their ballot to the clerk or the clerk’s authorized representative,” the conservative majority court wrote in the Friday opinion.

The court did not address the question of whether anyone other than the voter can return their own ballot by mail, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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There is ‘repeated evidence’ of non-citizens voting

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There is “repeated evidence” of non-citizens voting, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said during an appearance on Breitbart News Daily, discussing the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act.

“Let me just say this about the overall state of the election issue,” Roy began, explaining that “we’ve got repeated evidence of those who are here illegally — or, or whether they’re here legally — but non-citizens voting.”

“We’ve got studies demonstrating that. We’ve got evidence that it may have tipped the election for Al Franken and his election back in Minnesota. Objective studies have showed…Virginia tossing out 1,500 registered voters just last year. I can go through a laundry list. We’ve got local jurisdictions — Oakland, San Francisco, our nation’s capital in Washington, DC, and New York City — who are registering voters specifically for their state and local elections, but we know that they don’t work hard to make sure they’re not voting in federal elections,” he said, noting that “federal law prohibits [and] limits the ability of states to be able to check and ensure citizenship, so much so that the state of Arizona has to run two systems — one for their state local elections and one for their federal elections.”

“They’re literally bifurcated because they want to ensure citizenship for their state and local elections, but they’re not allowed to for federal elections. Therefore, we need to fix the problem,” he said.

Breitbart News adds:

Further, Roy said, because of the Motor Voter Act — the National Voter Registration Act — passed in the 1990s, the courts have interpreted federal laws to limit the state’s ability to “determine and collect the information necessary for determining and checking citizenship.”

Essentially, Roy said the U.S. has set up a system that requires federal agencies to push out the forms, encouraging individuals to register to vote. And while they ask one to identify if they are a citizen, and while federal law requires one to be a citizen to vote in federal elections, the congressman said there is nothing there to actually check citizenship.

The SAVE Act would help address these issues and correct what Roy described as the “glitch,” making it so every state would require anyone applying to register to vote to prove their citizenship.

“By doing that, though, it is correcting the glitch. It also goes through and it addresses some of the issues that have been complicated. There are states, for example, like North Dakota, which does not have voter registration at all, okay? So they can just show up to vote and don’t have registration…They have their own rules there about what you have to present in order just to vote. And that’s obviously a less populated state than, say, California or Texas or New York or Florida. But, so, we adapt and try to adjust to help with those kinds of situations. But, overall, the purpose of the bill is exactly as you just described, pretty simple,” Roy said. This is a bipartisan issue with massive support.

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