Robert Pellegrini v. Wisconsin Elections Commission et al


Pellegrini v. Wisconsin Elections Commission started as a challenge to drop boxes, but after the Supreme Court decided that issue in Teigen, the plaintiffs (represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty) attempted to pivot to challenge WEC’s ability to delegate certain powers to its administrator. This argument advances the dangerous “nondelegation doctrine,” which would attack Wisconsin’s longstanding administrative agency processes to make our state government far less effective and responsive. Law Forward filed a motion to intervene to resist this harmful argument on behalf of Disability Rights Wisconsin, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice. In a hearing on August 2, 2022, the Waukesha County Circuit Court awarded judgment to WEC, rejecting WILL’s extreme arguments. With the case dismissed, the Court also denied Law Forward’s motion as moot.

Case Timeline

June 27, 2022

Brief filed.

Election Administration

Waukesha County Circuit Court