Article: Wisconsin Governor Vetoes Bills That Would Have Restricted Mail-In Voting

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Wisconsin Governor Vetoes Bills That Would Have Restricted Mail-In Voting

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday vetoed bills that would have narrowed the criteria for mail-in voting and bolstered security surrounding absentee ballots.

Evers, a Democrat, cast the six measures as overly restrictive and said he was vetoing them “to protect the right of every eligible person to vote.”

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Article: Wisconsin Republican promises forensic election audit

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Wisconsin Republican promises forensic election audit

The Republican head of the Wisconsin Assembly elections committee said Monday she will ensure there is a “comprehensive, forensic examination” of ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election at the same time the state’s nonpartisan audit bureau conducts a review.

The broadened investigation comes amid pressure from former President Donald Trumpand other national Republicans to take a closer look in Wisconsin, a state President Joe Biden won by just over 20,000 votes. There is no evidence of widespread fraud and courts rejected numerous lawsuits filed by Trump and his allies attempting to overturn the outcome. Democrats have derided calls for more investigations as feeding into conspiracy theories and lies that Trump actually won the state.

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Article: Wisconsin Senate Passes GOP-Backed Election Bills, Including Absentee Voting Restrictions

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Wisconsin Senate Passes GOP-Backed Election Bills, Including Absentee Voting Restrictions

The Wisconsin Senate passed several GOP-backed bills on Wednesday that would place more restrictions on absentee balloting—which Republicans have described as measures designed to safeguard elections in the state while Democrats alleged they are designed to suppress voter turnout.

A measure approved during a voice vote included placing restrictions on ballot drop boxes, which were widely used in Wisconsin during the general election on Nov. 3. The new bill would stipulate that municipalities won’t have more than four drop boxes, although that depends on their population.

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Article: Wisconsin Senate passes bills making it harder to vote

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Wisconsin Senate passes bills making it harder to vote

The Wisconsin Senate approved Republican-backed bills Wednesday that would create new hurdles for the elderly and disabled to cast absentee ballots, limit the number and location of ballot drop boxes and impose new penalties for violating election law.

All of the measures are almost certain to be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has said he opposes anything that makes it more difficult to vote.

The proposals are among more than a dozen election-related changes that Republicans are pushing this yearafter former President Donald Trump’s narrow defeat in the battleground state. They are part of a national push by Republicans to change election laws after President Joe Biden’s win. Evers is expected to present his opposition to the Republican push to make it more difficult to vote as a central part of his 2022 election campaign, since his veto stands in the way of them getting enacted.

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Article: Wisconsin Lawmakers Advance Bill to Stop Election Workers From Fixing Mistakes on Ballots

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Advance Bill to Stop Election Workers From Fixing Mistakes on Ballots

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are aiming to stop election workers from fixing mistakes on absentee ballots after the state Assembly’s Committee on Campaigns and Elections advanced a plan this week.

According to the proposal, Assembly Bill 198, only voters or their witnesses would be able to fix mistakes on ballots—and no one else. Republicans have said that ballot curing, the term used to describe the fixing of errors on ballots, can lead to fraud.

Election clerks must contact the voter or the witness if they made a mistake on their portion of the ballot. Then the voter or the witness would be asked to correct their respective mistakes, according to local media reports.

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Article: Top Wisconsin Republican hires former police officers to investigate 2020 general election

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Top Wisconsin Republican hires former police officers to investigate 2020 general election

A top GOP legislator in Wisconsin will hire three retired police officers to investigate parts of the November 2020 general election, joining other Republicans across the nation who are skeptical of President Joe Biden‘s victory.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Wednesday he was giving the investigation, which will be overseen by an attorney, a broad mandate to take three months reviewing tips about the election and to follow up on ones that appear the most credible, according to an interview with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Article: Nearly 30 referred for voter fraud in presidential election

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Nearly 30 referred for voter fraud in presidential election

Municipal clerks have referred nearly 30 people to prosecutors for voting illegally in the presidential election out of 3.3 million votes cast, according to data from the Wisconsin Elections Commission, undermining former President Donald Trump’s claims that rampant voter fraud cost him the state.

The commission released a report Monday that found clerks referred 11 people to prosecutors for violations during the November election. Ten referrals were for voting twice, either by voting in different municipalities or by voting both in-person and by absentee ballot. One person in Columbia County was referred to prosecutors for voting as a felon.

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Article: Wisconsin Republicans to Vote on Election Law Changes

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Wisconsin Republicans to Vote on Election Law Changes

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature was scheduled to vote Tuesday on bills that would make it more difficult to vote absentee — proposals that are all but certain to be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers but that GOP lawmakers say are needed to address issues that arose during last year’s presidential election.

The measures are part of a national push by Republicans to change voting laws following former President Donald Trump’s defeat in November and his bogus claims that there was widespread fraud and abuse. Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden by about 20,600 votes in Wisconsin, an outcome that withstood a partial recount and numerous state and federal lawsuits.

Other Republican-controlled states, including Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Florida and Arizona, have passed laws largely targeting mail-in voting. Republicans in other states have defended the moves as bolstering security and trust in elections, while critics have said the true intent is to raise hurdles to absentee voting to tamp down turnout.

Article: Sidney Powell dismisses Wisconsin Governor Ever’s motion for sanctions

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Article: Sidney Powell dismisses Wisconsin Governor Ever’s motion for sanctions

Attorney Sidney Powell filed an opposition to Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ motion to sanction her and others associated on Thursday—and the legal document quotes Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear.

Powell filed the motion on Thursday after Tony Evers asked a Wisconsin court last month to force former President Donald Trump, his lawyers, and Sidney Powell to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees over their 2020 election lawsuits.

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Article: Months after Trump complaints, some courts are finding irregularities in 2020 elections

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Months after Trump complaints, some courts are finding irregularities in 2020 elections

Long after former President Donald Trump dropped his legal challenges to the 2020 election, some courts in battleground states are beginning to declare the way widespread absentee ballots were implemented or counted violated state laws.

The latest ruling came this month in Michigan, where the State Court of Claims concluded that Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s instructions on signature verification for absentee ballots violated state law,

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Article: Wisconsin GOP lawmakers launch investigation into November election

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Wisconsin GOP lawmakers launch investigation into November election

 Top Republican lawmakers are launching their own investigation into the Wisconsin election, starting with a public hearing a week from Friday.

“We owe it to the voters of Wisconsin that all claims of voter fraud are investigated,” Maj. Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukana) said. “It’s vital that we can have confidence in our state’s electoral process.”

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