Gov. Tony Evers, D-Wis., recently told his supporters that the power to oversee elections could be turned over to state lawmakers if he is not reelected in November.
According to Evers, “We will see elections change to the point where the Legislature makes the final decision and that should scare the living crap out of everybody in this room.”
Several Republican candidates are looking to challenge Evers, including construction executive Tim Michels who, according to Just the News, indicated that he is not opposed to potentially signing legislation that would overturn the result of the 2020 election. Michels, who is endorsed by President Donald Trump, lists a host of actions he plans to take to improve Wisconsin’s elections processes on his campaign website.
Evers’ comments come on the heels of several important setbacks for Democrats.
First, as reported by Fox News, Wisconsin’s court recently ruled that “absentee ballot drop boxes may be placed only in election offices and that no one other than the voter can return a ballot in person.” Many Republicans hailed this decision, while Democrats argued it would make voting more difficult.
In addition, the United States Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case involving the Independent State Legislature Doctrine (ISLD).
According to an article in The New American, the main question at the heart of the ISLD is how much power, if any, state courts should have to serve as a “check” over state legislatures when it comes to election rules? In other words, does the Constitution provide state legislatures with the exclusive power to regulate federal elections in their respective states and prohibit state courts from interfering with these decisions?
The court’s ultimate ruling in this case could have far-reaching implications for future elections. Wisconsin is one of several key presidential battleground states. The state’s gubernatorial primary is scheduled for Aug. 9, 2022.
Mr. Hakim is an attorney and columnist. His articles have been published in The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Thinker, and other online publications. He is also a regular guest on OANN’s Tipping Point, and has appeared on Newsmax, The Jenna Ellis Show, The Dave Weinbaum Show, and Real America’s Voice.