“Deadlocked Elections Commission keeps ballot drop box policies in place in Wisconsin”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

The state Elections Commission kept in place its policies on absentee ballot drop boxes Friday after Democrats and Republicans on the panel split on what to do. 

The use of drop boxes faces challenges in court and from Republican lawmakers.

A Waukesha County judge this month ruled ballot drop boxes are illegal, but an appeals court quickly blocked his ruling for now. The appeals judges said drop boxes could be used for the Feb. 15 primary for Milwaukee mayor and other offices across the state.

The state Supreme Court is considering whether to take up the case. 

Separately, Republicans who control a legislative committee this month voted to force the commission to formally establish rules on ballot drop boxes. That could clear the way for lawmakers to overturn the rules and ban drop boxes. 

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