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Absentee ballot drop boxes may be locked soon



If you are like many people, whether because of the pandemic or simply convenience, you are choosing to vote with an absentee ballot. The number of absentee voters has spiked sharply in our most recent elections. But in Wisconsin, it may soon get more difficult to vote absentee. The State Supreme Court has ruled that drop boxes like those outside La Crosse City Hall can be used for this month’s primary, but not for the April election. This is likely not the final word on the issue, but it seems soon those ballot drop boxes will be locked or removed. That is unfortunate. We should be making it as easy and convenient for people to vote as we can. The group behind the suit, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, argues that because drop boxes are not specifically addressed in state law, they must be illegal. But our local clerks worked hard to make sure everyone could get their ballots cast and counted during a pandemic, offering in some cases, curbside voting, PPE equipment and hand sanitizer at the polls. None of those are specifically mentioned in state statute either, but it seems the prudent thing to do in the midst of a pandemic.

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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  1. Kent Porter

    February 15, 2022 at 8:41 am

    AS I SEE IT !!!!!!! Drop boxes are for people that are disabled and same goes for absentee ballots , All you dems want is a chance to cheat and win any way possible , get up , go out and vote to eliminate the cheating , Good that these cheater boxes are no longer available , and hopefully the absentee ballot junk will stop also !!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Paul Pierce

    February 15, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    This issue isn’t the drop boxes like those at City Hall. The issue is unsecured drop boxes at housing projects, parks and mall areas.

  3. Sue Schultz

    February 16, 2022 at 11:40 am

    unless voting day is considered a national holiday and all people are able to go to the polls to vote, we NEED the drop boxes. Make it easier to vote, not difficult to vote. It is our right to be able to vote no matter what our individual situation is.

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