Judge Rules, Military Ballot Lawsuit Dismissed

Judge Rules, Military Ballot Lawsuit Dismissed

A judge in Waukesha says Wisconsin’s guidance for how to handle military ballots is lacking, but he also said a lawsuit against the state’s election commission over military ballots cannot stand.

Judge Michael Maxwell on Friday dismissed the lawsuit from state Rep. Janel Brandtjen over three military ballots mailed to her house. The judge says Brandtjen should have sued Milwaukee’s election office, and not the Wisconsin Elections Commission. A now-former Milwaukee election manager sent Brandtjen three military ballots under three fake names to highlight a loophole in the state’s military voter law. The judge says while there is a need for the Elections Commission to clarify how local clerks should handle military ballots, he said he cannot order the Elections Commission to do that.

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