Thursday, March 18, 2021

Businessman files lawsuit challenging ballot drop boxes, other election practices in Wisconsin Supreme Court

An official absentee ballot collection box located outside of Madison Fire Department Station No. 4 on Monroe Street.


A conservative Wisconsin businessman who has previously challenged state elections procedures has filed another lawsuit this month directly with the Wisconsin Supreme Court, this time challenging the use of absentee ballot drop boxes and other practices used in November’s presidential election.

Jere Fabick, a prominent Republican donor and president of Fabick Cat, the Caterpillar equipment and engine dealer, appealed directly to the state’s high court this week to stop cities and towns from using absentee ballot drop boxes as well as filling in missing witness address information on absentee ballots.

Fabick also wants the court to deem illegal the practice of accepting the return of absentee ballots from individuals other than the electors themselves.

Those practices were used widely by cities and towns during the November election and had been cleared by the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which oversees elections administered by thousands of Wisconsin cities and towns. The practices were heavily scrutinized both before and after the November election, and were also included in lawsuits filed with state and federal courts by former President Donald Trump and others challenging President Joe Biden’s win in the state.

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