The conservative-majority Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday invalidated most early voting drop boxes and ruled that ballots must be hand-delivered to election clerks, a decision celebrated by Republicans.
These mailboxes boomed during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, and more than 40% of voters used them in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
The court ruling, taken by a 4-3 vote, comes a month before Wisconsin’s August 9 primary, in which congressional candidates will be chosen in each of its eight districts.
The legislative elections are scheduled for next November, and the presidential elections, for which Biden does not rule out running again, will take place in 2024.
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Friday’s decision is a victory for the Republicans, who have multiplied the allegations of electoral fraud in the 2020 elections.
In Wisconsin, Biden beat Trump by less than 21,000 votes.
The state Supreme Court ruled that voters must deliver or mail their ballots in-person to authorized officials.
By The Washington Post’s count, 30 of the nation’s 50 states and the federal district of Washington authorize drop boxes. In addition, 31 states have laws limiting the use of these drop boxes.