By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Wisconsinites who respect the rule of law just got “Hageburned” again.
In joining the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s three liberals once more, “swing vote” Justice Brian Hagedorn agreed that absentee ballot boxes may be used through the Feb. 15 primary elections — even if they are a violation of state election law.
Justice Rebecca G. Bradley, among three consistent conservatives on the court, took the opinion-shifting Hagedorn to task for upholding bad guidance from the Wisconsin Elections Commission in exchange for limiting “voter confusion.”
“Withdrawal of existing guidance while an election is underway is likely to result in voter confusion and uncertainty in the administration of the election,” the majority — Hagedorn and liberal justices Rebecca Dallet, Ann Walsh Bradley, and Jill Karofsky —wrote in the 4-3 decision.