Wisconsin voters sue over alleged mishandling of military absentee, mail-in ballots

Thomas More Society said the goal of its request is to verify that the ballots are authentic.

Updated: November 7, 2022 - 12:08pm

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Veterans and voters represented by the Thomas More Society, a conservative non-profit public interest law firm, filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Election Commission for allegedly mishandling military absentee ballots.

The group on Friday asked the Waukesha County Circuit Court to order state election officials to "sequester," or set aside, all military absentee or mail-in ballots before the election. 

The law firm said the goal of its request is to verify that the ballots are authentic. The group filed the case after Wisconsin GOP state Rep. Janel Brandtjen reportedly received three military absentee ballots at her home.

"None of the individuals to whom these ballots were addressed reside, or have resided, at her address," said firm attorney Erick Kaardal. "This situation is particularly egregious as it demonstrates how easily the military absentee mail-in vote can be manipulated due to the commission’s lack of compliance with Wisconsin election law."

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