A new ballot collection box has been installed outside of Madison Fire Department Station #4, on Monroe Street, on Friday, October 16, 2020. The City of Madison Clerk’s Office is installing 14 secure ballot drop boxes outside of fire stations and at the Elver Park shelter.

The conservative Thomas More Society filed separate suits against the state’s five largest cities over their use of absentee ballot drop boxes even though the state Supreme Court is poised to rule on whether they’re legal.

The suits against Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee and Racine seek a declaration that the use of unmanned drop boxes is illegal and a permanent injunction barring the cities from using them.

A Waukesha County Circuit Court judge earlier this year ruled unmanned drop boxes aren’t allowed under state law. The state Supreme Court has heard arguments in the case on appeal and is poised to issue a ruling.

Despite the Waukesha County ruling, some Wisconsin clerks used unmanned drop boxes in the April election, arguing they weren’t subject to the decision because they weren’t parties to the case.

The suits also come after the Elections Commission declined to investigate the cities in complaints that the group filed against the five communities.

See the lawsuit filed against Kenosha here.

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