Case Name: Braun v. WEC
Type of Case: Constitutional, elections
Court: Waukesha County Circuit Court
Filed On: September 15, 2022
Current Status: WILL WINS! The Court decided that the use of the National Form to register a voter in Wisconsin is illegal. The judge ordered WEC to issue an affidavit stating as such by Tuesday, September 19th and they complied Monday afternoon.
WEC COMPLIES WITH JUDGE’S ORDER, REMOVES UNLAWFUL FORM FROM ITS WEBSITE
September 19, 2023 | WILL’s Legal Victory Will Protect Wisconsinites from Election Error & Fraud!
WILL WINS LAWSUIT OVER ILLEGAL VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
September 5, 2023 | WILL won a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) on behalf of Rick Braun, a registered Wisconsin voter and taxpayer.
WILL SUES WEC OVER ILLEGAL USE OF VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
September 15, 2022 | A registered Wisconsin voter and taxpayer sues the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) in regards to the illegal use of the National Mail Voter Registration Form (“the Form”).
The Lawsuit: WILL sent a letter back in July 2022, warning WEC of the Form’s illegal use in the state. Because the history of WEC’s approval of the voter registration form was unclear, WILL requested additional information relating to the process by which that approval occurred. To date, WEC has not identified when or by whom the Form was approved for use in Wisconsin.
The lawsuit alleges that WEC failed to comply with statutory requirements relating to required voter registration form content and violated rulemaking requirements by approving the Form without following the appropriate process. The suit argues that use of the Form hinders uniformity and predictability around the administration of elections, and increases the risk of error.
Background: WEC’s Election Manual states that the Form is approved for voter registration in Wisconsin. While most states accept the Form, made available by the United States Election Assistance Commission, Wisconsin is not required to allow the form to be used in this State; and, the Form does not request information required by state law—such as information relating to residency and criminal record, among others. Additionally, because the Form requests information- relating to race and political party- not authorized by state statute, WEC must engage in rulemaking before approving these additional items. Unfortunately, WEC has both approved the legally insufficient Form and allowed the additional items without engaging in rulemaking.