Wisconsin voters with disabilities say their right to vote is at risk

Last January, a Wisconsin judge in Waukesha County ruled in favor of a conservative legal group which had argued that voting drop boxes violated state election laws, as did the practice of family members or other caregivers mailing or returning a ballot on behalf of a disabled loved one. Prior to this, expanded voter access policies temporarily passed in response to COVID-19 had led to a rise in turnout among disable voters, as well as a reported decrease in the difficulties they encountered. Advocates fear this new ruling will significantly depress turnout among the disabled, and the decision is being appealed in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The court is expected to make its ruling in June, just two months before primary elections are scheduled to be held. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one fifth of Wisconsin residents possess some form of disability. 

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