On Wednesday, a Dane County, Wisconsin, circuit judge rejected a request to allow mail-in ballots with an incomplete address to be counted in the upcoming midterm elections.
Republicans hail the decision as a move that will help ensure election integrity.
The League of Women Voters brought forward the request for a temporary injunction. The group argued that not counting ballots with incomplete or incorrect addresses “would upend the status quo and not preserve it.”
The Associated Press noted the League of Women Voters also claimed that limiting which ballots are counted would “frustrate the electoral process by causing confusion,” and boldly told the court it should not “add to the confusion” by issuing a change in procedure shortly before the election.
Judge Nia Trammell refused the League of Women Voters’ request.
The Republican-led Wisconsin legislature intervened in the case, noting that previously the Wisconsin Elections Commission determined that a mailed-in ballot address must include three elements: a street number, street name, and municipality.
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin filed the lawsuit in October, asking the court to rule “that a missing address on a mail-in ballot means only that the address field is left entirely blank,” according to The Epoch Times.
Trammell responded to the request by noting that “no court has ever issued an order defining ‘missing’ as it is used in that provision of the law,” adding that if she agreed with the League, the ruling would be appealed and if overturned, the results of the election could be put in question.
Irregularities in the 2020 election prompted the Republican-led Wisconsin legislature to pass several election integrity bills in 2021 and 2022 — all of which were vetoed by Gov. Tony Evers (D), who is facing Tim Michels (R) in a tightly contested reelection bid.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission reports that approximately 305,000 mail-in ballots have been received ahead of the November General Election.
The Epoch Times noted that the Republican National Committee (RNC) has filed 73 election-related lawsuits and has recorded recent wins in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
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