Delaware Supreme Court Reinstates Permanent Absentee and Early Voting, ACLU Pushes for Constitutional Support

Dover, Delaware — The Delaware Supreme Court recently resurrected both permanent absentee voting and early voting on account of a narrowly focused legal aspect, leaving broader constitutional questions about these electoral processes unanswered. Though the court did not delve into whether the laws align with Delaware’s constitution, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Delaware views the reinstatement of these voting options as a win for voter accessibility in the upcoming elections. Andrew Bernstein, ACLU of Delaware’s Cozen Voting Rights Fellow, expressed mixed feelings about the court’s oversight. “While it’s disheartening that the court sidestepped … Read more

Racine Judge Rules Against Mobile Absentee Voting Sites, Partial Win for Republicans

MADISON, Wisconsin – In a recent ruling, a Racine County judge has declared that Wisconsin law does not permit the use of mobile absentee voting sites. This decision represents a partial victory for Republicans who had contested the deployment of a mobile voting van during the 2022 elections in Racine. The van had traveled throughout the city, collecting early ballots and meeting voters in their neighborhoods. The complaint lodged with the Wisconsin Elections Commission alleged that the van was disproportionately utilized in heavily Democratic voting wards. The judge, Racine County Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz, rejected … Read more

Judge Allows Counting of Absentee Ballots with Incomplete Witness Addresses, Potentially Heading to Wisconsin Supreme Court

MADISON, Wis. – A Dane County judge has made a ruling allowing clerks in Wisconsin to count absentee ballots that have missing witness address information, opposing a previous ruling by Waukesha County. This decision may lead to an appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Judge Ryan Nilsestuen of the Dane County Circuit Court issued two rulings on Tuesday regarding witness addresses on absentee ballot envelopes. According to state law, absentee voter witnesses are required to sign the envelopes and include their address. However, the definition of what constitutes an address has been a subject of … Read more

Wisconsin Court Ruling Protects Absentee Ballots with Minor Errors, Ensures Voting Rights

MADISON, Wis. – A recent court ruling in Wisconsin has resolved a legal dispute over the acceptance of absentee ballots with minor errors. The ruling allows election clerks in the state to accept such ballots, even if they contain incomplete witness addresses. This decision comes after a contentious battle between conservatives and liberals in the battleground state. The lawsuit, brought by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, sought to clarify the voting rights protections for absentee voters whose ballots have minor errors in listing their witnesses’ addresses. The Dane County Circuit Court ultimately ruled … Read more