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WI Lawmakers Allow Unmanned Ballot Drop Boxes Again

The liberal-majority Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed their 2022 decision, allowing election integrity to be compromised once again.

The liberal-majority Wisconsin Supreme Court just flipped its own script, reinstating the use of unstaffed drop boxes for the 2024 election. In a narrow 4-3 decision, the court has decided to reverse their wise 2022 ruling which banned these unmanned drop boxes, bending under the pressure of Democrats who claimed the court had misinterpreted the law the first time around.

Justice Jill Karofsky’s rhetoric during the May arguments was particularly telling. She questioned, “What if we just got it wrong? What if we made a mistake?” suggesting a rather casual approach to jurisprudence that seems more about political convenience than legal consistency. This flip-flop raises serious questions about the stability of our legal interpretations and the influence of shifting court compositions on the upcoming election.

This ruling opens the door wide for potential election mishandlings, where the convenience of drop boxes might well come at the cost of election integrity. Remember, in 2020, the use of these drop boxes was rampant, and while they’re touted as a secure means for voters to return their ballots, the sudden shift back without substantial legal or factual cause is deeply concerning. Over 1,600 absentee ballots in 2022 didn’t count because they arrived late without these drop boxes, compared to only 689 in 2020. But isn’t election integrity worth more than mere convenience?

It’s clear this decision has more to do with catering to one political ideology over another, rather than upholding a consistent and secure electoral process. If our judicial systems continue to be swayed by partisan interests, rather than the firm bedrock of established law, then what are they but pawns in the larger political game? This isn’t just about drop boxes; it’s a profound shift towards the liberal agenda under the guise of correcting a so-called “mistake.” 

How long before every judicial decision is subject to change based on who holds the majority? This isn’t justice—it’s a judicial coup dressed in legal reasoning.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.