GOP wins ‘ballot box transparency’ lawsuit in Green Bay, Wisconsin

GOP wins ‘ballot box transparency’ lawsuit in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Posted For: Willie Wonka 

By Brianna Herlihy

A Wisconsin judge on Wednesday granted the Republican National Committee’s request for a temporary injunction ordering the county clerk to stop violating state laws that allow the public to observe the election and voting process, including during in-person absentee voting.

The judge approved the RNC request just hours after it was filed, which the RNC chalked up as another election integrity win in the 2022 cycle.

“In less than 24 hours, the RNC successfully sued and won in Green Bay to ensure the city’s Democrat election officials follow the law on the books in Wisconsin,” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “Bipartisan poll watching is a constitutional right in Wisconsin, and now the Green Bay Clerk will have to let them in the room to observe.”

“We are grateful the court granted a swift and decisive victory for Wisconsinites, and the RNC will continue to fight for election transparency across the country,” she added.

The RNC filed the lawsuit Wednesday morning against Green Bay’s county clerk, Celestine Jeffreys, who has allegedly been prohibiting members of the public “from observing all aspects of the in-person absentee voting process that has been underway since October 25 at the City Clerk’s office,” according to the legal filing.

According to the RNC, Green Bay had been “unlawfully restricting Republican Party observers, keeping them outside of the room where in-person absentee voting took place.”

The RNC said it tried to work with Green Bay, but officials  there “refused to grant us proper access as required by Wisconsin election statutes,” which led to the lawsuit.

The city has until 2:00 p.m. CDT to comply with the order.

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