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Wisconsin voters must mail own ballots, elections

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Wisconsin voters have to place their own absentee ballots in the mail, the state’s chief election administrator said.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe’s comments Thursday were made just five days after the state Supreme Court ruled absentee ballot drop boxes are illegal and could have major implications for people with disabilities. 

The justices ruled that only the voter can return an absentee ballot to local clerks in person. But the court did not clarify who can place absentee ballots in the mail. 

Wisconsin law mandates that voters must be the ones to place their ballots in the mail. Federal law, however, allows non-voters to place ballots belonging to anyone who is disabled in the mail.

The politically-divided elections commission could not come to an agreement during a meeting Tuesday on what guidance to issue to clerks.