(Republicaninformer.com)- A Wisconsin judge refused to allow ballots to be counted with partial information filled, according to a report by Just the News. The judge reportedly rejected a request from the state’s League of Women Voters that asked for ballots to be counted with incomplete addresses.
Dane County Circuit Judge Nia Trammell shot the request down by saying that the temporary injunction “would upend the status quo and not preserve it” and “frustrate the electoral process by causing confusion.”
“This court does not want to add to the confusion that may arise from a temporary injunction that would all but certainly be appealed on an expedited basis,” Trammell said.
The ruling would have been quickly appealed and possibly overturned, CBS News reported. A possible overruling would have resulted in ballots being tossed after being submitted by those who thought the provided information was sufficient to go through.
The judge’s decision comes at the heels of a tense midterm election where Democrats and Republicans are trying to take ensure their control of Congress going into 2023. 1,800-plus election clerks in the state are receiving hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots ahead of November 8, but so far more than 305,000 ballots have been returned as a result of errors.
While few ballots are likely to be affected by the decision, the matter is still reportedly an issue because of Wisconsin’s tight election margins. Wisconsin was one of the states in the 2020 election that former President Donald Trump disputed when now-President Biden received a massive influx of votes dead into the night.
In 2016, Trump won the state by 22,748 votes, while in 2020, Biden allegedly beat Trump by 20,682 votes, according to CBS News.
The influx of votes coming in through the night was allegedly the result of mail-in ballots coming late, featuring a way to vote that Democrats encouraged during the pandemic.
The state’s Republican-controlled legislature lauded the judge’s decision. They passed bills since the 2020 election to ensure that absentee voting is not abused but the bills have been vetoed by Democratic Governor Tony Evers.
Evers is currently running against Republican challenger Tim Michels.