A Wisconsin judge ruled it is illegal for voters to cancel their original absentee ballot and cast a new one, siding with a conservative group that said the practice known as ballot spoiling.
Waukesha County Circuit Judge Brad Schimel, who was attorney general from 2015 to 2019, sided on Wednesday with RITE and ordered the election commission to rescind its guidance. He also denied a request to put his oral ruling on hold.
The practice was put in place in the Badger State by the extremely corrupt Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), a group of unelected bureaucrats that changed election policies and procedures, opening the door to various forms of election fraud.
The ruling Wednesday from a Waukesha County judge who was a former Republican attorney general comes as voters in the battleground state are submitting their absentee ballots for the Nov. 8 election. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson are both on the ballot.
Restoring Integrity and Trust in Elections filed the lawsuit on behalf of Brookfield voter Nancy Kormanik last month. It challenged the guidance issued on Aug. 1 to more than 1,800 local election clerks by the state elections commission detailing how they can spoil an absentee ballot at the request of the voter after it’s already been returned.
Ballot spoiling got more attention in the August primary after a Republican candidate for governor and three top Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate dropped out of the races, but their names were still on the ballots. The elections commission made clear then that voters who had cast their ballots for one of them absentee could spoil it and vote again for someone still in the race.
The commission did not immediately have numbers Thursday of how many ballots had been spoiled in the primary.
This is another big ruling against a liberal state elections committee.
This tightening of the election process should significantly improve election integrity starting as early as the 2022 mid-term elections on November 8, 2022.
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