Audit Bureau Does Hatchet Job on Elections Commission
Nonpartisan agency departs from traction with biased report.
But let’s be clear at the outset: The report found nothing to demonstrate, and did not conclude, that the results of the elections were invalid. It presented no evidence of sweeping improprieties or calculated partisan maneuvers that distorted the outcome of the elections. None of that is in this report. Nothing of that kind.
That’s 23 out of a total of 3,241,050 voters. That’s 0.0007 percent!
Instead of finding massive illegal voting, the LAB went after the Wisconsin Elections Commission in a biased, one-sided, and unprecedented way.
Contrary to past practice, the LAB did not share its findings with the agency it was investigating ahead of time. It admitted as much, with a pathetic excuse.
“Although we typically allow an audited entity the opportunity to review our draft audit report and respond in writing to it, we did not do so for this report,” the LAB wrote. “To preserve the statutorily required confidentiality of our audit until its completion, we did not provide WEC with an opportunity to review a confidential draft audit report and respond in writing to this report prior to its release.”
The LAB scolded the Wisconsin Elections Commission for the way it operated the elections and the advice it gave to clerks in response to the COVID pandemic – a pandemic that the LAB seemed remarkably clueless and callous about.
For instance, the LAB rapped the knuckles of the Elections Commission staff for not complying with the statutes when, in March of 2020, at the height of the pandemic, they waived off special voting deputies from going to retirement facilities and long-term care facilities in the middle of the pandemic and instead mailed out absentee ballots to the residents.
Not only was this the prudent thing to do. The staff was in a legal bind, as even the LAB admitted: “WEC’s staff did so based on WEC’s interpretation that the deputies were ‘non-essential’ individuals prohibited from visiting facilities and homes as a result of Executive Order 72 and DHS directives pertaining to the public health emergency.”
Still, they were criticized for this.
Substantively, on the question of drop boxes, the report noted that Wisconsin statutes are silent on whether they can be used or not. It did not find that they were used illegally.
Same with “Democracy in the Park” in Madison and efforts by clerks in other municipalities to gather absentee ballots outside of the clerk’s office.
Nor did the report find that the use of consultants by some municipalities was a big issue.
So the red herrings that we’ve been hearing about for so many months now actually did not amount to anything.
- Op Ed: Sen. Ramthun Wants To Hijack Election - John Torinus - Nov 24th, 2021
- Democratic Legislators Refuse to Meet Privately With Gableman - Henry Redman - Nov 16th, 2021
- Kleefisch Files Suit Against Elections Commission - Laurel White - Nov 16th, 2021
- Gableman Says GOP Election Probe Stymied AG - Laurel White - Nov 11th, 2021
- Republicans Again Attack Wolfe, WEC - Henry Redman - Nov 10th, 2021
- Op Ed: Charges Against Election Officials Are Partisan Stunt - Jay Heck - Nov 7th, 2021
- Tony Evers and Josh Kaul Turn a Blind Eye to Election Integrity - Republican Party of Wisconsin - Nov 3rd, 2021
- WEC Commissioners to address audit findings Dec. 1 - Wisconsin Elections Commission - Nov 3rd, 2021
- State Elections Leader Refuses to Resign - Laurel White - Nov 1st, 2021
- LWVWI Statement on Racine Voter Fraud Investigations - League of Women Voters of Wisconsin - Nov 1st, 2021
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