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Rebuilding Trust in our Elections

Physical ballots and voting machines are two items we need to audit in order to rebuild trust in Wisconsin elections, and a cyber-forensic audit would address this. The physical ballots are the gold standard of voter intent. Many of you know that when your ballot goes into the tabulators, it takes a low-resolution copy of the ballot and that copy is how the machine counts ballots - from the copy, not the actual ballot. If ballots are folded, marked or have ink bleeding, we can have over-counting, which did happen in Wisconsin. Corrections on the machines were made, and that’s why we need the physical ballots. In Arizona, we saw the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to scan ballots. The high-grade scanners allowed ballots to be sorted, compared and identified. This technology is certain and absolute in determining duplicate or over-counted ballots. AI technology should be applied to the November 2020 election and all elections going forward.

The tabulators/machines have taken on new interest this week as Senator Bernier held a hearing and invited voting machine manufacturer Election Systems & Software (ES&S) to provide a demonstration of their machines. ES&S clarified that their machines contain wireless modems that are enabled with a router in wireless phones. There is a detailed security process that works with the routers, modems and cell activation, but this has raised concerns for the ability to hack these machines. This elevates questions of being able to see more forensics on tabulators and ballot marking devices and their connection to the internet. IP addresses, audit trail logs, scatter logs, and router logs are now the data we are asking for to resolve the question of hacking. These same questions have been asked in PA, GA, TX, MI and AZ, as we have acknowledged the vulnerabilities of our existing technology. These questions also include the wireless Badger Books (electronic poll books) that has been approved.

Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) agreed that these records need further examination and they have stopped the ability of ES&S machines to be erased while uploading updates. WEC took these matters very seriously in 2016 with the concerns of Russian collusion, and they should continue those same concerns today.

Education Bills

AB 378 – Requires the publication of K-12 financial metrics on DPI’s website. This will create transparency for the public as well as legislative oversight. Over one-third of our state budget is spent on K-12 education. Wisconsinites should be able to see how schools are spending taxpayer money.

AB 446 – Requires students scoring below the 25th percentile on reading assessment to have further screening and begin a personalized intervention plan. Wisconsin used to be a leader in literacy but we are now at a 64% fourth grade proficiency. It’s important that our children learn to read as studies have shown that their future depends on it. Poor readers are more likely to be high school dropouts, live in poverty, and end up in the criminal justice system. In fact, 70% of inmates are at a 4th grade reading level.

Thank You for your Support!

I am grateful for all of you who have called, emailed, and sent letters and resolutions urging me to continue the investigation. The people of Wisconsin should understand the technology used in our elections and feel confident in its use. We will exhaust all avenues to prove or disprove allegations of the 2020 election because Wisconsinites deserve the truth.


Representative Janel Brandtjen
State Capitol, Room 12 West
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

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