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Wisconsin GOP officials want to eliminate bipartisan election agency

By on November 21, 2021 0

  • The leading Republican candidate for governor of Wisconsin has said she will eliminate the commission if elected.
  • A Wisconsin sheriff recommended felony or misdemeanor charges for 5 of the 6 commission members.
  • The committee lifted the requirement for MPs to vote to visit nursing homes due to COVID-19.

In an attempt to overhaul the state’s electoral process, Republican officials in Wisconsin seek to eliminate the bipartisan Wisconsin Election Commission and indict five of its six officials with crimes or misdemeanors related to advice they gave to clerks municipal officials ahead of the 2020 election, The New York Time reported.

With less than a year to go before the midterm elections, Rebecca Kleefisch, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ main Republican challenger, has made the removal of the state election commission part of her platform, according to the Times. She filed a lawsuit earlier in the week against the commission, which was created by Republicans in 2016, asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to declare that its guidelines contradict state law.

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling echoed Kleefisch’s position and recommended felony and misdemeanor charges in early November against five of the six commission members, as they advised court clerks not to send any Poll workers trained in nursing homes during the onset of the pandemic, according to Milwaukee-based ABC affiliate WISN-TV.

Schmaling also called for a statewide investigation by Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, who called the move a “publicity stunt” and “a clearly political effort and abuse. of power, ”WISN-TV reported.

After Joe Biden was declared the winner in the 2020 election, Republicans in Wisconsin claimed fraudulent votes were cast by nursing homes across the state following a March 2020 commission vote , according to the New York Times.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee voted to lift the requirement for special voting deputies to visit nursing homes twice before issuing postal ballots for residents, as the facilities did not allow visitors, The New York Times reported. No challenge to the orientation was raised at the time of the vote.

Yet Republican State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called the commission anarchy in an interview with WKOW on November 12 and said its members “probably” should face charges of crime. Members of the commission released a statement in October saying they had not broken any laws and may have missed the deadline to collect and count the votes of people in care homes if they did not. hadn’t lifted the rule.