Wisconsin state Supreme Court lets ban on drop boxes go into effect for spring election

Wisconsin’s state Supreme Court is letting a ban on drop boxes in the state go into effect for the state’s spring local elections.

The state’s highest court rejected a motion on Friday for a temporary stay of a lower court’s order banning drop boxes in the state, in a lawsuit brought by a conservative organization in the state. The court broke 4-3 in favor of not staying the ban, with the state’s conservative justices all siding against extending the stay and the liberal-leaning justices voting to extend it.

“The record before us, including the timetable for making the necessary administrative changes as outlined by the court of appeals, indicates that the Commission can comply with the circuit court’s order so as to ameliorate concerns about voter confusion and election administration before the April 5, 2022 election commences,” the order from the court read.

The court had previously stayed the ban on drop boxes for the spring election primaries, which will be held on Tuesday. In that instance, Justice Brian Hagedorn, who was elected with Republican support in 2019, sided with the court’s three liberal justices to temporarily block the lower court’s ban, citing the potential for voter confusion.

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