In a huge blow to the fraudsters killing the will of Wisconsin voters, Waukesha County Judge has ruled the illegal practice of ballot spoiling must be discontinued.
Ballot spoiling is basically a practice that allows an absentee voter to vote more than once. In other words, a voter could send in their absentee ballot early, and then rescind their vote later and vote for someone else.
MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge is prohibiting voters from canceling their original absentee ballot and casting a new one, siding with a conservative group created by prominent Republicans that said the practice known as ballot spoiling is illegal.
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.
Most states do not allow ballot spoiling and can begin opening and counting ballots as they are received, which would prevent someone from being able to withdraw their ballot and change votes they originally cast.
The practice was put in place in Wisconsin by the extremely corrupt Wisconsin Elections Commission, a group of unelected bureaucrats that have wreaked havoc on the legitimacy of the state’s elections.
A Republican-led group known as RITE, (Restoring Integrity and Trust in Elections) filed a lawsuit against the WEC to end the practice. It’s no surprise the Democrat National Committee joined the WEC in the defense of the illegal practice.
RITE argued that the practice in Wisconsin is both against the law and creates additional opportunities for fraud and confusion. The group was created in July by former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, longtime Republican strategist Karl Rove, GOP donor Steve Wynn and others. The group has also filed election-related lawsuits in the battleground states of Arizona and Pennsylvania.
The Democratic National Committee joined the bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission in fighting the lawsuit.
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. A written order was expected Thursday.
It’s the latest legal defeat for the commission, which Republican lawmakers who created it have targeted for abolishment. Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels also supports doing away with the commission. The commission and its guidance became a target after Donald Trump narrowly lost Wisconsin in 2020, an outcome that’s withstood numerous lawsuits, two partial recounts, a nonpartisan audit and partisan reviews.
The embattled WEC has faced intense scrutiny following the 2020 and 2022 elections for its massive failure to ensure elections remain free from fraudulent interference and illegitimate results.
Here are just a few instances we have previously reported:
Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty Sue Election Commission over Illegal Use of Voter Registration Forms
Wisconsin man Criminally Charged for Election Fraud after He Conducted a Sting to Expose Ballot Security Vulnerabilities in Wisconsin
Breaking Big: Wiscsonsin Judge Rules Clerks Can Not Fill Out Absentee Ballot Envelopes
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