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The Arizona audit results have been released and the numbers don’t add up.

  • 9,000 more mail-in ballots were received and recorded than sent out of county.
  • 3,400 more ballots were casted than recorded.
  • 17,322 duplicates.
  • 23,344 voted by mail from persons who no longer live at that address.

The audit also caught someone on video who illegally deleted thousands of election files the day before the audit began. Whether the deletion was planned or not, it does not add confidence in the election process. The Arizona Attorney General has issued letters to preserve information and has received a full, unedited version of the audit with specific names and examples outlined in the report. I’m sure there will be more to come in the upcoming weeks.

The Maricopa County audit results reinforces the need for a top-to-bottom, cyber-forensic audit of Milwaukee and Brown County's November 2020 elections in order to restore the confidence in Wisconsin's election process.

As we look at the inconsistencies, we need to develop a better way to audit our elections. Right now, thousands of clerks, deputy clerks and other workers have access to our voting lists - active and inactive. No one is ever removed from Wisconsin’s election system; death does not even remove someone, as they are marked “inactive”.

There has been a lot of concern about the possibility of ghost votes, not only in Wisconsin but in other states as well. Do we have “ghost voters” or people added to the roles who do not exist? Do we have enough oversight on Election Day with the use of the ERIC system, DMV checks and Social Security checks to fully understand how these processes work? I have asked Administrator Wolfe at the Wisconsin Elections Commission for an answer to these concerns so we can dispel fact from fiction. I am still waiting for her response. Data is power; who manages it, who secures it, and who has the ability to make changes would also have the capability to manipulate it.

Floor Session

The education of Wisconsin school children has been one of the most pressing issues, not only for my constituents, but across the state of Wisconsin. We passed several bills addressing some of those concerns.

AB378 brings transparency to school spending by creating a district level, uniform website for taxpayers to examine how money is spent within school districts.

AB488 is a curriculum transparency bill, which will ensure parents’ knowledge of what is being taught in schools. This bill assures that materials are made available to parents without the “runaround”.

AB411 bans critical race theory in schools and has come forward after hearing from parents. It prohibits classroom teaching and teacher training that promotes the stereotyping of people based on their race or sex. Penalties result in a 10% reduction in a school district’s state aid.

AB563 requires the state superintendent of Department of Public Instruction to promulgate rules to develop a model curriculum and instruction for schools to develop a civics curriculum. Wisconsin schools received an “F” in both civics and U.S. History in the Fordham Institute’s 2021 report of the State of State Standards. The bill passed out the Assembly 61 to 37.


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

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