The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Elections Commission against the City Clerk of Racine for its use of mobile sites in the latest primary. This is the same primary that Robin Voss squeaked out a win by only 260 votes.
We reported that last week Wisconsin’s corrupted Speaker Robin Vos won the primary in his district by only 260 votes.
The city of Racine, Wisconsin’s use of Mobile sites violates state law directives regarding absentee ballots according to the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) which filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) against the City Clerk of Racine for employing mobile voting sites throughout the community.
The complaint, filed on behalf of a Racine voter, urges WEC to direct Racine to comply with applicable state laws that prevent mobile voting sites and ensure that the sites selected do not confer a partisan advantage.
- For more details on Racine’s election van and partisan advantage, see Stacking the Deck? Racine’s Mobile Voting Unit and Ward Partisanship by Will Flanders and Dylan Palmer
The Quote: WILL Deputy Counsel, Anthony LoCoco, said, “Racine’s use of mobile voting sites violates clear directives in state law on the collection of absentee ballots at alternative sites. WEC must make clear that Racine is violating the law and ensure that clerks across the state understand what is, and is not permitted in Wisconsin law.”
Wisconsin State Law: State law (Wis. Stat. § 6.855) provides that the office of the municipal clerk is the default location “to which voted absentee ballots shall be returned by electors for any election.”
But there may be circumstances when the clerk’s office is unavailable for early, in person absentee voting. In those cases the clerk may designate an alternate absentee ballot site or sites, but under state law “The designated site shall be located as near as practicable to the office of the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners and no site may be designated that affords an advantage to any political party.”
The point of the statute is to allow an alternate site or sites, if necessary, but to make sure that any and all such sites are as centrally located as the clerk’s office in City Hall and to make sure any site selected does not provide an advantage to any political party.
How Racine is Violating State Law: For the August 9th primary, the Racine City Clerk allowed 21 alternate absentee ballot locations (not centrally located but scattered throughout the city) and the majority of which provided an advantage to the Democratic Party because they were located in the most Democratic parts of the City. This is documented in a new WILL analysis.
Additionally, state law says that if a city uses alternate sites then “no function related to voting and return of absentee ballots that is to be conducted at the alternate site may be conducted in the office of the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners.”
For the August 9th primary, 21 sites were designated where an election van visited for 3 hours before moving to another site over the course of two weeks prior to election day. The Racine City Clerk allowed absentee voting at both the 21 alternate sites and at City Hall where the Clerk’s Office is located.
Finally, Wisconsin law contemplates that voting will occur in fixed locations like buildings and not in cars, vans, or buses. Racine’s use of an election van is inconsistent with this principle.
Previous lawsuits were reportedly either not heard or thrown out because a complaint wasn’t filed with WEC first.
Let’s hope that the campaign of Adam Steen, who nearly pulled out the victory uses this to have a legitimate election in this district.