Despite the Jan. 6 committee’s proud talk about ‘pursuing justice’ and ‘saving American democracy,’ the partisan group has chosen to completely ignore the illegal ballot drop boxes which were placed in Wisconsin during the 2020 presidential election.
On Friday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision that the use of ballot drop boxes in the state is illegal. Such drop boxes were widespread during the 2020 election, and the vast majority of them were placed in predominantly Democratic locations by private outside actors.
The Jan. 6 committee’s refusal to investigate such an example of legitimate electoral misconduct illustrates once again just what the Pelosi-assembled commission is interested in pursuing: political theater — and nothing else.
Critics of Wisconsin’s use of ballot drop boxes have long maintained that the practice opens the door to potential electoral interference, and on Friday the state’s highest court agreed, ruling in Teigen v. Wisconsin Elections Commission that measures like ballot drop boxes undermine the integrity of the state’s elections.
“The failure to follow election laws is a fact which forces everyone to question the legitimacy of election results,” wrote Justice Rebecca Grassl Bradley in the court’s lead opinion. “If elections are conducted outside of the law, the people have not conferred their consent on the government. Such elections are unlawful and their results are illegitimate.”
Many of Wisconsin’s unmanned ballot drop boxes were put in place by the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a Mark Zuckerberg-funded group which overwhelmingly placed the boxes in heavily Democratic cities. A report from the Capital Research Center revealed that nearly all of the cities given funding for the drop boxes were won by President Joe Biden.
“Out of those 28 grants just 8 of the recipient localities were won by Trump, while 20 were won by Biden,” the report stated. “Together, these 20 cities received $9 million or 90 percent of CTCL funds in Wisconsin.”
In 2020, Biden won the state’s presidential contest by fewer than 20,000 votes. Critics maintain that such a slim margin could easily be tipped in one direction or the other through questionable measures like unmanned ballot drop boxes.