Wisconsin Clerks Make 10 New Voter Fraud Referrals for 2020 Election

Municipal clerks in Wisconsin made 22 voter fraud referrals to local district attorneys related to the 2020 general election over the past two years, according to Wisconsin Elections Commission reports.

The new report from the July 22 commission meeting showed 10 instances of voter fraud referrals from the 2020 election. Last year, it listed 12 cases.

Most of these complaints involved double-voting–once by mail and once in person. Some were about impersonating another person and double-voting in two cities.

A similar pattern was reported in the June 2, 2021, commission meeting. It showed that most of the 12 referrals stemmed from double voting in two cities. Many voted in two ways: by mail and in person.

A man uses a drop box in Milwaukee, Wis., on Oct. 20, 2020. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The commission sends annual reports to the legislature. These reports are restricted to those that the clerks submit to them and do not include complaints made by individuals or groups directly to a district attorney.

This year’s report showed 73 instances of criminal referrals for voter fraud in multiple elections and those during 2021 and 2022.

Most came from Milwaukee and Brown counties, including more than 50 instances of a person using an improper residential address on their voter registration in multiple elections.

Mike Mikalsen (D-Whitewater), chief of staff to state senator Stephen Nass (R-Whitewater), said that the reports show a flaw in the electoral system, which Republicans want to fix.

One potential issue with election security was resolved July 8, when the Wisconsin Supreme Court declared that drop boxes are illegal.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission made an arbitrary decision to allow permanent drop boxes in the 2020 general election during the pandemic, but many questioned the legality of the boxes.

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True to Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht presented evidence before a Wisconsin legislature committee in April about absentee ballots being routinely delivered to drop boxes within the Milwaukee County region.

” They were illegal,” Engelbrecht said to The Epoch Times in reference to drop boxes. “What happened in 2020 was lawlessness.”

Mikalsen said the drop boxes allowed for a vote harvesting bonanza during the 2020 election because of readily accessible information showing who had requested an absentee ballot. Campaign workers could easily visit these people to collect any ballots that were not yet sent.

State Democrats criticized this ruling. They claimed that it made it more difficult to vote, as well as weakened free, fair and secure elections within a democracy.

The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. (Carol M. Highsmith, Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

While some cases may have been caused by people mistakingly believing their vote was invalid because they moved to another address, other cases were most likely intentional.

Subject to Wisconsin law, it is illegal to vote twice, despite intent. Mikalsen stated that this law was not intended but added that they couldn’t undo the damage.

” These double votes will eventually be caught. Mikalsen stated that both ballots are counted.

Even with the elimination of drop boxes, absentee ballots are still available for anyone to request.

Voting in Wisconsin takes two weeks. Absentee ballots will be mailed approximately one month prior to the start of voting.

Mikalsen stated that there are many ballots in circulation for several weeks prior to the election. This leaves the system vulnerable to fraud.

Another problem is that prosecuting election fraud is at the discretion of the district attorneys representing each of the 72 counties.

Mikalsen stated that there are varying levels of concern regarding election fraud in different districts, and the possibility for prosecution.

” “It raises accountability issues with many people,” he stated.

Ensuring that voting rules are tightened depends on whether a Republican governor is elected in this year’s election, he stated.

Wisconsin Democratic Governor. He said that Tony Evers refused to sign Republican-backed legislation in order to fix vulnerabilities in the electoral system.

” We are currently in an extremely difficult situation in Wisconsin, because we will need to fight many of these issues in court. That takes time,” he stated.

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