Election Officials Receive Subpoenas in Election Probe

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos signs first subpoenas in the inquiry.

By - Oct 3rd, 2021 02:22 pm
Day four of the presidential recount. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Day four of the presidential recount. File photo by Jeramey Jannene.

The head of a Republican-ordered investigation into the 2020 election in Wisconsin served subpoenas Friday to election officials in Green Bay, Racine and Milwaukee, along with the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, asking for an array of documents related to the election.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, confirmed Friday he signed election-related subpoenas.

The documents are the first issued in an ongoing inquiry called by Vos and led by Michael Gableman, a former conservative state Supreme Court justice.

“Ensuring the 2020 election was conducted fairly and legally is critically important to maintaining faith in our election system,” Vos said in a prepared statement. “Assembly Republicans will continue to work with Justice Gableman to ensure confidence is fully restored in our elections.”

Green Bay clerk Celestine Jeffreys confirmed Friday her office had received a subpoena that morning. Milwaukee Election Commission executive director Claire Woodall-Vogg also confirmed Friday that her office received a subpoena.

Meanwhile, Racine received two subpoenas, one for city clerk Tara Coolidge and another for Vicky Selkowe, a manager of strategic initiatives and community partnerships in the mayor’s office.

Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe also received a subpoena, though its delivery was not confirmed until later Friday afternoon. Elections commission staff attorney Jim Witecha, speaking on behalf of the agency, declined to comment.

An earlier report from WISN Radio in Milwaukee said city clerks in Kenosha and Madison received subpoenas, but Madison city clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl indicated in an email Friday morning that her office had “not received anything at this point.”

The subpoenas come after Gableman said in a September video his investigation “will request (documents) from those (election) officials and others with potential knowledge of unlawful actions, and will compel them if necessary to produce documents and testimony.”

Gableman has said the investigation isn’t challenging the results of the 2020 election. The investigation follows in the wake of similar reviews in states like Arizona. Gableman was among a group of Wisconsin political figures who traveled to Arizona to learn more about that state’s discredited audit.

President Joe Biden won Wisconsin in the November election by 20,682 votes, according to a Nov. 30 report from the Wisconsin Elections Commission following a limited recount. An audit by that agency of some voting machines following the election found no problems.

Listen to the WPR report here.

Election officials across Wisconsin receive subpoenas in GOP 2020 election probe was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.

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4 thoughts on “Election Officials Receive Subpoenas in Election Probe”

  1. GodzillakingMKE says:

    I’m confused? Shouldn’t my tax dollars go to wealthy Republican donors as tax breaks.

  2. frank a schneiger says:

    Gableman and the others in this Republican group are bit players in a much larger drama. If we take off the blinders of American exceptionalism, we are in the midst of a crisis not unlike that preceding the Civil War. Some ¾ of Republicans believe – falsely – that Donald Trump, a mentally deranged, pathologically lying crook who presided over a criminal administration for four years, is the legitimate president. With the help of Fox News and other far-right to fascist sources, they believe the lies that they want to believe, with white victimization being at the heart of those lies.

    Sometimes in life, there are no good choices, and the task of decision-makers is to find the least-worst path. Something they will never get credit for choosing. Here is a thought: the worst outcome, but easily imaginable today, is massive civil violence, which once started, would be difficult to contain. In this context, it’s important to understand that the Republican Party, like those in 3rd world dictatorships, now has an “armed wing,” part of which tried to overthrow the government on January 6.

    So, what if the “least-worst” outcome is a “peaceful separation” into the three countries we have become, or, less drastically, a new federal system, in which “Republican states” would be given a “carve out” to implement their full program: white supremacy, plutocracy, “starving the beast” of government; privatization of Medicare, Social Security and other programs, and gutting all programs for low income Americans, along with environmental protections opposed by corporate American.

    This would be an easy call for Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Missouri. How about Wisconsin? This is where Gableman and the rest of the Republican crew will take the state. A stiff price to pay for showing everyone that white people are still #1, and that you can trust Menards/ABC Supply and the rest of the dark money people more than your government.

  3. TransitRider says:

    And, when they find the election was honest and there was no fraud, will they FINALLY admit that Trump lost?

  4. Mingus says:

    I find it amazing that the mentality of Gableman and his henchman is that these civil servants are guilty and they have to prove their innocence.

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