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What should matter is that we vote, not how we cast a ballot

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We have said it many times. Our democracy functions best when more people vote. That premise has taken a hit when a Wisconsin judge ruled last week that absentee ballot drop boxes to be illegal in the state. That decision will make it less likely people will bother to cast a ballot in the February primary election and in the April general election. Drop boxes have long been used in Wisconsin, but they became a more popular option for casting ballots in the 2020 election. Wisconsin saw the highest number of absentee ballots cast in its history. Clearly the method is popular with voters. But the judge ruled that the drop boxes can’t be used, and that instead voters who choose to cast their ballots absentee must deliver them in person to their local clerks, or drop them in a mailbox. That makes little sense, given that the drop boxes are typically tamper-proof, are under 24-hour surveillance, and are typically located in fire stations, libraries, or other government offices. Standard mailboxes are not nearly as secure. Why does it matter how the ballots are collected? The important thing is that people vote. This ruling will make that less likely. This decision will certainly be appealed. In the interest of our democracy, let’s hope that higher courts reverse this decision to give Wisconsin residents more options to exercise their most fundamental rights as citizens.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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4 Comments

  1. Nick

    January 17, 2022 at 11:46 am

    As long as the drop boxes are in places as you stated, I agree thye can be placed there. However, we need individuals to take this responsibility seriously and vote. The turn out for every election should be high but like a lot of serious matters that have become passé our right to vote and willingness to vote do not matter to a lot of individuals.

    • Robert Thornhill

      January 18, 2022 at 12:21 pm

      Dems are easily manipulated.The whole voting rights thing is just another example of their stupidity. The issue is not voting rights we already , all of us have the right to vote. It’s how we vote that’s in question. The more people vote away from their polling stations the easier it is to cheat. Simple and true. But once again liberal leaders who favor cheating because it favors them on voting day have managed to turn the message around and vilify republicans cans who are not against people voting but are against people cheating.

  2. Randy J Hubert

    January 17, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Drop Boxes and officials were paid for by Millionaire Zuckerberg and put in voting locations at a rate of 4 Democrat to one Republican swing state cities. Drop boxes are just a way for mass ballot harvesting. What is needed is voter ID absentee ballots on request only and you must be a registered voter. Time to restore confidence in our election.

  3. Mitch

    January 21, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Voter registration rolls verified every 3 years, photo ID required when voting and absentee voting for military personnel or those medically infirmed only.

    There is no legitimate reason why one cannot find a way to vote!

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