The legal battle for ballot boxes

Morning Update: Wednesday, April 13

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Happy Wednesday, Madison!

A quick housekeeping note: ICYMI in our previous email, we're getting a new website soon (yay!). That means today is our last day using Bulletin.

It's been a crazy ride being part of a pilot group of writers to use the platform and we're extremely grateful for all the opportunities this experience has given us.

What does this mean for you, dear reader? In all honesty, not much. We’ll migrate you over to the new email newsletter software and the newsletter might look a little different in the days and weeks to come. Current subscribers will continue to get Madison Minutes every weekday morning. You do not need to do anything.

We’ll share more exciting details in the coming weeks, but if you have any questions, please send them our way. By now you should know how to find us.

— Hayley

🗳️ The state's Supreme Court will hear arguments in the ballot drop box lawsuit.

  • The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case that could decide key rules for absentee voting ahead of the August primary and November general election.
  • The lawsuit challenges the state's use of ballot drop boxes. It was filed by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty on behalf of two Milwaukee-area voters.
  • Some context: In January, a Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge ruled absentee ballot drop boxes are not permitted under state law. An appeals court later ruled drop boxes could be used for the state's Feb. 15 elections, temporarily blocking the Waukesha judge's decision. On Feb. 11, the state Supreme Court ruled drop boxes could not be used in last week’s spring general elections.

💰 How is MMSD spending its Covid-19 relief money?

  • Madison Metropolitan School District officials have outlined their plan to spend $41.63 million in federal and state Covid-19 relief funds. Plans range from hiring new staff to HVAC remediation, Cap Times reports.
  • The district will use the biggest chunk of money — $15 million — on updating the air systems in schools. Additionally, $12.09 million will go toward "addressing academic needs following the long-term school closure." This includes 24 different initiatives, according to the Cap Times.
  • It's still early in the process but district officials plan to release the preliminary 2022-23 budget April 25.

😎 It's officially Terrace season.

💊 The Dane County Jail announced a new program to help those fighting opioid addiction.

“A large number of people entering our jail system are suffering from various forms of addiction. The ability to offer this medication program and help maintain someone’s sobriety is a huge step in reducing recidivism and improving public safety." — Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett

⚖️ Rededicating a capitol statue.

👯 Mark your calendars for these local events.

🏥 Your lunchtime read: Growing pains: Madison nurses struggle to meet increasing industry pressures as hospitals’ solutions fall short.

  • From The Badger Herald: "With the pandemic only fueling the fire, conditions are coming to a head and nurses are demanding change. As current nursing students are forced to reconcile how the future of nursing may look, many young and veteran nurses are still determined to persevere into uncharted water in hopes of driving cultural changes in the field."

🦠 Covid-19 update


📅 Events: Wednesday, April 13