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Elections Commission holds emergency meeting following fraud allegations by Racine sheriff

Posted at 10:14 PM, Oct 28, 2021

The Wisconsin Elections Commission held an emergency meeting Thursday night, following allegations by the Racine County Sheriff of election fraud in the 2020 Presidential election.

The majority was held in closed session because the emergency meeting dealt presumably with potential litigation stemming from the allegation.

Racine County Sheriff's Office election fraud allegations
Racine County Sheriff's Office announced election fraud allegations on Thursday, Oct. 28.

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling alleges that after election day in 2020, a woman claimed her mother was in a nursing home and did not have the mental capacity to vote. The election commission forwarded the complaint to the Racine County District Attorney, who in turn, sent it to the sheriff’s office to investigate. Under Wisconsin election laws, special sheriff’s deputies are sent into nursing homes to help residents vote and collect their ballots. However, because of the pandemic, the bi-partisan elections commission put a halt to that program. The sheriff alleges that decision was illegal.

After the emergency meeting late Thursday, the commission responded to the allegations.

Wisconsin Elections Commission
Wisconsin Elections Commission members.

“To put it simply, we did not break the law,” said Commission Chair Ann Jacobs, an attorney from Milwaukee. “In fact, without action from the Commission, many residents in Wisconsin care facilities could have and would have been disenfranchised and not able to vote in the 2020 elections.”

The statement from the elections commission comes after Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker, Republican Robin Vos called on the Elections Commission Administrator to resign.

"Clearly there is a severe mismanagement of the WEC, and a new administrator is needed," Vos said. "I am calling for the resignation of Meagan Wolfe as Elections Commission Administrator.”

Wolfe responded on Twitter.

”Elections are run in a secure, fair, and legal manner,” Wolfe tweeted. She also called the claim of fraud “a blatantly partisan and coordinated attempt to baselessly challenge the integrity of democracy in our great state.”

Read the entire statement from the Elections Commission below or by clicking here:


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