March 27, 2020
Statement: County Clerks’ Clear Violation of the Law
[Madison, WI] – Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released the following statement after the Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell and Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson sent out incorrect legal advice to voters.
“It’s no surprise the liberal clerks in Dane and Milwaukee counties are encouraging people to vote illegally by not providing proper identification. Democrats continue to look for ways to circumvent the Photo ID law. They’re threatening the integrity of elections and needlessly exposing voters to disenfranchisement. It is completely inappropriate for them to use a pandemic to advance their far-left agenda. At a time when our state should be coming together, it’s sad that liberal clerks see it as an opportunity for political gain.”
Read a key memo on the clerks’ actions from the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau here, which states:
“Civil and criminal penalties apply both to voters and election officials who violate Wisconsin’s election and voting laws. The current public health emergency does not permit clerks to misapply Wisconsin’s elections laws.”