… not the ballots cast in them
Our liberal acquaintances (for they ARE our acquaintances) value good intentions above actual legislative authority. Which is why, for the past 50 years, they have invested their intellectual capital into the courts and administrative agencies, rather than winning hearts and minds — and votes. Another manifestation of the progressive principle of Rule by Expert.
Easier to place one savant on the bench than elect two to the legislature. Which is why next April’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election is so vital. On a 4-3 decision, our high court ruled that ballot drop boxes are illegal. (Swing justice Brian Hagedorn calls them as he sees them!)
Hyper-excitable liberal justice Ann Walsh Bradley shrieks that the majority decision “erects yet another barrier for voters to exercise this sacred right.” How many times have liberal judges ruled on what they think the law should say rather than what it actually does? Wisconsin statute is unambiguous:
“Absentee ballots shall be mailed by the elector or delivered in person to the municipal clerk.”
The majority opinion confirmed, “An inanimate object, such as a ballot drop box, cannot be the municipal clerk. … Good intentions never override the law.” (Can we inscribe that on some marble archway?)
The court’s decision is a rebuke to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, yet another agency that made law instead of administering it. In West Virginia v. EPA, the U.S. Supreme Court last week ruled the federal Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. If one thinks the EPA should do so, write the statute. Kevin D. Williamson writes in National Review:
Until Dobbs, progressives had been confident that they could rely on the Supreme Court to make policy for them in those cases … in which they are unable to rely on Democrats to implement progressive policies by the ordinary means of winning elections and passing laws. [instead of] a practically unlimited administrative state.
The Always Trumpers exult
The Sore Loser of 2020 tweeted, “This means I won the very closely contested (not actually!) Wisconsin Presidential race.” It means no such thing. His assumption are flawed by assuming: a) only Biden voters drop ballots in the boxes; and b) the votes were not real ballots cast by actual voters.
Mr. Trump lost Wisconsin by 20,682 votes, and he lagged the state’s GOP Congressmen by 63,547. Split tickets by Republicans more than explain why Mr. Trump fell short. Drop boxes were an unlawful delivery method, but if real Wisconsinites put real ballots into them, as instructed by local officials, that isn’t “fraud.” — Wall Street Journal.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Disenfranchising those voters because they deferred to the authority of their election clerks, who in turn followed Wisconsin Elections Commission guidance, however flawed, only worsens a wrong.