Special Edition: Election Integrity Update

In this edition:

  • Republicans pass bills to reform WI elections (read more)
  • Gov. Evers Vetoes key election bill (read more)
  • An update on Wisconsin's forensic audit (read more)

In the freest nation in the world, our system of government and our very liberty depend on free and fair elections. Whether we’re selecting a school board member or the president of the United States, every American must be able to trust the process, or the democratic system itself breaks down.

Over the last couple of months, the Wisconsin Republicans have worked hard to take steps forward to ensure integrity in our future elections by passing meaningful legislation to restore trust and transparency to you, the people. According to a recent nationwide Gallup poll noted that 59% of Americans are not confident in the honesty in our election administration.

That’s a problem. And frankly, that’s a concern I’ve heard from so many of you as well. That’s why here in Madison, Republicans have taken a number of steps to restore that lost trust and reform our elections for the better.


Republican-led bills aim to restore trust in our elections

In response to the growing concerns of the past election the legislature approved a package of bills – with my support – that would help restore integrity in our future elections. The package of election bills addressed the following:

These common sense reforms are now in front of Gov. Evers, who has the opportunity to sign or veto the bills. He's already shown that he's willing to veto commonsense election reforms, so please take a moment to let him know if you believe these items should be signed into law


Keeping Dark Money in our Elections? Gov. Evers says "YES"

In addition to the successful passage of the election reform package, the Republicans also approved a bill that would ensure that out-of-state billionaires cannot control the administration of elections in our state. This is a direct reaction to reports that the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civil Life spent more than $8 million on election efforts in Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Kenosha and Green Bay.

You might remember there were numerous news reports and even a formal complaint filed about how this Zuckerberg-backed group allegedly dictated to Green Bay clerk staff how to run their own election.

Unfortunately, when presented with a chance to sign this important bill into law, Governor Evers instead opted to side with big-tech. billionaires instead of the voters of Wisconsin. Just last week, Evers vetoed this legislation in full. Read my full response here.

Frankly, if the governor can't understand why a bill of this magnitude is so important for maintaining the integrity in our elections, he needs to hear from voters like you before he has an opportunity to veto any more of these election reforms.

An audit and an investigation are underway

While it hasn't received much attention from the mainstream media, for the past several months, a forensic audit on Wisconsin's election process has been underway. The audit, which is being conducted by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB)has a set scope and is looking at a number of the issues that surrounded the 2020 election. Read more about the audit here. 

While the LAB is prohibited by law from sharing any findings ahead of it's final report, I remain confident that this exercise will find and highlight any errors in process or in our existing election laws.

The LAB anticipates that the audit will be complete and the audit report will be published in the fall of 2021. The audit report will be available on the front page of the LAB website when it comes out as well as archived in the audit reports by year section of the LAB website.

You may have also saw recent news reports that Assembly Republicans have hired a number of special investigators to examine reports of election fraud in our state. The investigation will be headed by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman. See more here.

Thank you for taking the time to read my legislative and district update! If you have questions about any of the content in the message or about state programs or initiatives, please feel free to reach out to me or my office!


Sincerely,

Jim