Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously rules against Racine mobile voting van, upholds traditional polling sites

Conservatives on ‍the Wisconsin Supreme Court criticized a ‍court decision banning Racine County’s mobile voting ‍van ⁢while allowing other polling locations in the Democrat-heavy⁤ city to remain. Despite the conservative ‍dissent, ⁣the liberal-majority court⁣ unanimously supported the ruling. The scenario you’ve described regarding ⁢the Wisconsin Supreme Gourt’s decision involves an interesting case of the complex dynamics often ​present⁣ in legal rulings that touch upon voting rights and the mechanisms of voting. ‌However, based on the information you’ve provided, there seems to be some inconsistency. If the ⁢court has⁤ a liberal majority and the decision was ‌unanimous,​ the support from conservative ​justices despite their criticism highlights the complex legal considerations that may have guided their⁢ decision.

In interpreting such decisions, it’s important to consider the ‍legal arguments and justifications provided by the court. Courts may consider factors like the legality and fairness of various methods of voting,⁢ potential impacts on voter turnout, and adherence to state ​and federal laws regarding elections. In this​ instance, banning a mobile voting van might⁣ have been seen legally necessary by ⁤the court to ensure fairness and ⁢compliance with existing‌ election laws, which might have ⁤driven even dissenting members to concur ⁤with the ruling.

Without more specific details of the court’s arguments and broader​ context⁤ about the⁢ case (e.g., reasons for banning the mobile⁢ van, arguments made by opposing ‌sides, ‍applicable legal statutes), it would be ‍challenging to fully⁢ assess the ⁤dynamics at play. The essential takeaway here‍ is ⁤that court ‌decisions on matters involving ⁢election procedures sometimes require balancing access to voting with adherence to regulated ‌and uniformly⁢ applied election practices.


(The Center Square) – Conservatives on the Wisconsin Supreme Court say the order that bans Racine County’s mobile voting van but keeps the city’s Democrat-heavy other polling locations is nonsensical.

The liberal-majority court unanimously ruled that Racine, and other cities in Wisconsin, cannot use vans to collect ballots.

A Racine County judge said the same thing in January. The judge also ruled Racine County chose the stops for its mobile voting van in areas of the city that favored democrats.

The liberal-majority court disagreed and issued a stay on that idea.

The majority wrote in their opinion that they don’t want the Racine judge’s ruling to “dramatically curtail[] the number of locations municipalities may designate as alternate absentee ballot sites.”

“We conclude that public interest weighs heavily in favor of staying the circuit court’s ruling regarding designating alternate absentee ballot sites,” the majority added. “At this stage, just months before the August primary and November general elections, there is a risk that the circuit court’s ruling will disrupt ongoing preparations for those elections by creating uncertainty about which sites may be designated as alternate absentee balloting locations. Granting a stay will, as mentioned previously, simply ensure the status quo since 2016.”

Conservative Justice Rebecca Bradley said the majority’s reasoning is “nonsensical.”

“A first-year law student understands that courts stay orders, not reasoning,” she wrote.

“In its ongoing effort to resolve cases in a manner benefitting its preferred political party, the majority enters a bewildering order heretofore unheard of in the legal realm. While the majority (correctly) denies the motion to stay the circuit court’s order, the majority ‘stays’ a portion of the circuit court’s legal analysis. This is not a ‘thing’ under the law,” Bradley added. “The majority doesn’t explain, but it obviously wants everyone to know it does not like the circuit court’s analysis, even if it cannot find fault with the circuit court’s actual order. The majority wreaks havoc with the law governing motions to stay, and egregiously misrepresents the circuit court’s decision.”



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