Letter to Attorney Generals
April 11th, 2020
U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger
U.S. Attorney’s Office
517 E. Wisconsin Ave, Ste 530
Milwaukee WI 53202 Wisconsin
RE: April 07, 2020 Spring Wisconsin Election
Dear U.S. Attorney Krueger and Wisconsin Attorney General Kaul:
I am asking again for the U.S. Attorney to take over decision making on the Wisconsin April 07, 2020, election. My previous requests went unanswered.
The Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett is a candidate in this election, as am I. Mayor Barrett appears to have violated State Law by entering a polling location and unilaterally closing the three early voting places in the City of Milwaukee. There has been no indication the State Elections Commission approved this. On March 16, 2020, Mr. Barrett broke the law on the first day of early voting. As the incumbent Mayor and candidate on the spring ballot, Mr. Barrett illegally went inside a polling location, talked with individuals inside while voting was taking place, and had his vehicle parked less than 100 feet from the front door of the polling site. According to a complaint that was filed with the Milwaukee Police Department, a witness said she overheard Barrett say that he heard turnout was heavy at the Midtown Center location.
On Sunday evening, March 22, 2020, Mayor Barrett ordered the end of the City of Milwaukee’s In-Person Absentee Voting that was scheduled to continue from 3/23 – 4/4/2020. Citing COVID-19, Barrett abruptly closed 3 In-Person voting locations without adequate notification to voters. On Monday, March 23, 2020 voters showed up to polling locations to find the doors locked. Further in talking to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, it appears they had not been notified in advance of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission that they were planning to close the In-Person Absentee polling locations.
Lena Taylor for Mayor
- Why Don Natzke Couldn’t Vote - Enjoyiana Nururdin - Aug 9th, 2020
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlights public health measures taken by the Milwaukee Health and Fire Departments, Department of Administration, Election Commission, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services - City of Milwaukee Health Department - Aug 4th, 2020
- CDC Says Election Did Not Cause COVID-19 Spike - Erik Gunn - Aug 4th, 2020
- Pandemic Reduced Black Vote, Study Finds - Dee J. Hall - Jun 25th, 2020
- Did April Election Hike COVID-19 Cases? - Alana Watson - May 20th, 2020
- Elections Commission Notes ‘Lessons Learned’ - Henry Redman - May 19th, 2020
- Wisconsin Elections News: WEC Releases Analysis of Absentee Voting in April 7 Spring Election - Wisconsin Elections Commission - May 18th, 2020
- Election’s Impact on County’s COVID-19 Cases Unclear - Jeramey Jannene - May 6th, 2020
- Why State’s Voting By Mail Was Chaotic - Daniel C. Vock - May 4th, 2020
- At Least 40 COVID-19 Cases Tied to Election in Milwaukee - Graham Kilmer - Apr 24th, 2020
Read more about 2020 Spring Primary here
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