Wisconsin Republicans change their tune on ballot drop boxes ahead of state Supreme Court ruling

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If the Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstates the broad use of ballot drop boxes, Republicans in the key battleground state say they’ll be prepared to encourage their voters to use them in this year’s presidential election — even though they’ve heavily criticized that method of voting in the past.

Wisconsin Republicans say it will be one part of a multipronged approach in anticipation of the expanded use of drop boxes in the state, with another element likely to be a monitoring program to look for fraud and abuse by Democrats.

The strategy underscores an ongoing shift in attitudes toward early and alternative voting methods within the GOP nationally. Republicans all the way up to former President Donald Trump had until recently falsely claimed or insinuated that the drop boxes were a source of fraud during the 2020 election.

“We have to deal with the law the way it is, not the way we wish it was or the way we hoped it would be some day,” state Republican Party Chairman Brian Schimming said about the possibility the party’s approach to the legality and use of drop boxes could change. “We have to deal with things as they are, not maybe how we wish they were sometimes, and that’s going to apply to drop boxes.”