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.
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.
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.