Federal Judge Rips into Prominent Democratic Law Firm over Absentee Ballot Case

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Law Firm Faces Rebuke for Challenging Absentee Voting Law

A top Democratic law firm’s attempt to overturn Wisconsin’s absentee ballot witness requirement has been met with strong criticism from a federal judge.

An Absentee Voting Conundrum

At the heart of the dispute is Wisconsin’s state statute under § 6.87(2), which dictates the requirements for absentee voting.

The law requires voters to certify that they meet voting eligibility criteria and have followed the correct process for completing an absentee ballot, including a section requiring “witness certification.”

Witness Woes

Marc Elias, founder of the Elias Law Group, argues that the witness requirement violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He claims that a witness would be responsible for verifying the eligibility of the voter filling out the ballot.

“Under plaintiffs’ interpretation, every witness would have to determine the voter’s age, residence, citizenship, criminal history, whether the voter is unable or unwilling to vote in person, whether the voter has voted at another location or is planning to do so, whether the voter is capable of understanding the objective of the voting process, whether the voter is under a guardianship, and, if so, whether a court has determined that the voter is competent,” explained Judge Peterson.

“It makes no sense to interpret § 6.87 in a way that would make compliance virtually impossible,” he added.

Elias Law Group’s Stumbles

This decision comes after the Elias Law Group’s unsuccessful attempt to force Wisconsin to redraw its congressional maps. The Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to hear the case, a victory for state Republicans.

Jonathan Turley, a Fox News contributor,指出,Elias has been involved in several controversies and courtroom losses in recent years.

“Elias has been sanctioned in past litigation. Yet, other Democrats have continued to hire Elias despite his checkered past,” Turley wrote.

The Elias Law Group has not yet responded to a request for comment.