In the state of Wisconsin, a Former Republican Attorney General and Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Brad Schimel has created a permanent injunction, formalizing “substantially the same terms” as one he issued in October 2022. Schimel has ruled that voters in the swing state are not permitted under law to cancel an absentee ballot they already cast via mail in order to request a new ballot.
Schimel, as reported by The Daily Caller, found in favor of Restoring Integrity and Trust in Elections after the group launched a lawsuit on behalf of Wisconsin voter Nancy Koranic, claiming that the Wisconsin Elections Commission told clerks in August of that year that the process known as “ballot spoiling” was lawful. The Democratic National Committee and ‘Rise’, a radical left activist group, fought the suit.
In his ruling Schimel states, “The court finds that the statutes governing the absentee voting process are generally unambiguous,” adding that the law “says very clearly that, with two enumerated exceptions, ‘the municipal clerk shall not return the ballot to the elector.'” Simply put, the exceptions are if the ballot is spoiled or damaged or if the certificate is improperly completed and under both cases, a caveat exists that they may “as long as time permits the elector to remedy the problem and return it to the clerk before election day.”
Judge Schimel wrote definitively,
“No authority for the clerk to return the ballot or spoil it for the voter is anywhere in the statutes, and such activities put the elector’s vote at risk of not being included in the count.”
He added that Wisconsin law contains no provision “that would authorize the scheme whereby a clerk spoils the ballot for the elector, at their request and sends out a new blank ballot for a do-over.”
This ruling is only the latest blow in a series of monumental legal defeats dealt to the compromised electoral system that delivered a 2020 victory to Democrat President Joe Biden. As reported by Trending Politics in July, the state Supreme Court struck down the use of ballot drop boxes as illegal.
Judge Schimel concluded that the statutes as approved by the legislature are very strict by design and must be tightly scrutinized to ensure ballots are counted. “That is arguably a harsh rule, because it could result in a voter not having their vote counted, and it might not be the fault of the voter that the procedures were not followed,” Schimel wrote. “The point: WEC and all election clerks had better get it right, or voters will be disenfranchised. This court had better get it right, too.”
🇺🇲 2024 GE: Bloomberg/Morning Consult
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— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) November 9, 2023
According to a Bloomberg/Morning Consult poll between Oct. 30-Nov. 7, former President Donald Trump leads Biden by a single point, making Wisconsin definitively in play with the state’s 10 electoral college votes a potential deciding factor in the 2024 Presidential Election.