Wisconsin Racine Absentee Voting Van Challenge II
Brown v. Wisconsin Elections Commission
Lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), a conservative group, on behalf of a Wisconsin voter against the city clerk of Racine and the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) challenging the use of mobile voting sites throughout the community. This legal action comes after WEC dismissed WILL’s administrative complaint seeking to prohibit Racine’s use of alternate absentee voting sites and mobile voting facilities. In this newly filed legal action appealing WEC’s dismissal of the administrative complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the city clerk of Racine violated Wisconsin law by allowing voters to cast absentee ballots at an “election van” that moves from place to place to allow for early in-person absentee voting during the Aug. 9, 2022 primary as well as the Nov. 8, 2022 midterm elections.
The plaintiff claims that under Wisconsin law, alternate absentee ballot sites “shall be located as near as practicable to the office of the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners,” but 21 alternate sites for the August primary and November midterm elections “were not as near as practicable to the office of the Clerk.” Additionally, the plaintiff contends that the alternate absentee voting sites “afforded an advantage to one or more political parties.” The complaint further argues that by permitting in-person absentee voting to occur at City Hall, where the Racine city clerk’s office is also located, the city clerk violated Wisconsin law. The plaintiff also claims that mobile voting sites violate provisions of Wisconsin law, which allegedly do “not permit temporary, shifting locations” and instead require “alternate site[s] [to] remain in place until the day after the election.” Finally, the plaintiff contends that Wisconsin law requires polling places to be located in buildings “and not in a transitory vehicle such as a van or bus.” The plaintiff asks the court to reverse WEC’s dismissal of the original administrative complaint and to prohibit the defendants from “engaging in the unlawful conduct” alleged in the complaint.