Advocates representing people with disabilities and minority voters in Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit requesting wholesale changes in Wisconsin Elections. The lawsuit filed on Monday, May 18, 2020, is requesting the changes for the upcoming August 2020 partisan primary and the November 3, 2020, Presidential election.
In the broad sense, the proponents of this federal lawsuit are, according to them, fearful that the upcoming elections will not be fair or safe for the voters. They also include that not changing the election rules Violates the Constitution, the Voting Rights Act, and the American with Disabilities Act.
The plaintiffs are Disability Rights Wisconsin, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, and three voters who stated they were prevented from voting or faced obstacles in casting ballots, in the April 7 presidential primary.
The groups go on to claim that tens of thousands of voters were disenfranchised as well as had their health put at risk during the April 7th election. However, studies completed after the April 7th election showed no uptick in COVID19 positive cases as a result of in-person voting. That sentiment was echoed by the Milwaukee Sentinel/Journal and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
The petitioners go on to presume that the COVID19 pandemic will continue to be rampant in Wisconsin throughout both of the upcoming elections. They appear to be putting their hope on a vaccine, and with that not being available, Wisconsin voters will fear for their lives should they need to go to the polls and vote.
It’s no surprise that the offered solution to this perceived problem is increased government intrusion in our voting process. The advocate’s solution -
- Sending absentee ballots to all voters.
- Hiring additional staff to count the ballots.
- Require state elections officials work with the U.S. Postal Service to ensure timely delivery, return, and counting of absentee ballots.
There are several more solutions, all requiring additional state government involvement.
There is also the ongoing and never fully addressed the issue of mail-in voting/absentee voting and the loss of ballots. There is the issue that comes up each election also of locations across the country that have more registered voters than residents in the jurisdiction.
During the past four elections, according to the Federal Election Assistance Commission, 28.3 million mail-in/absentee ballots have gone missing. This amount of missing ballots does bring into question the integrity of our election security system.
The list is long and distinguished regarding all of the plaintiff’s problematic issues with voting via any of the aforementioned manners. In spite of all the current process of votings foibles, now is not the time to introduce an unsecured voting process.