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Wisconsin election administrator: LAB election audit process ‘doesn’t look right’

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Wisconsin Election Commission Administrator Megan Wolfe said Thursday that the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau’s decision to publish its recent report on the 2020 election without giving the agency a chance to respond “doesn’t seem right.”

Wolff also declined to say whether the commission’s decision to waive special voting duties in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic compromised the 2020 election. The Racine County sheriff called on two Republican and three Democratic commissioners to be charged with crimes after they found eight families in a nursing home who said they were surprised their loved one voted.

“I think we’ve heard of the only example in this matter in Racine,” Wolff said. “I am not aware that anyone else has brought to our notice a complaint of oath or strong evidence.”

Wolfe’s remarks, made Thursday during a meeting with the editorial board of the Wisconsin State Journal, came the same day that Ann Jacobs, the chairman of the state’s bipartisan Election Commission, informed the GOP chiefs of the Legislature’s audit committee that neither Wolfe nor The same member commission will be able to testify on the audit report in the legislative committee meeting to be held on Tuesday.

The letter, sent to Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, and Representative Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem, co-chairs of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, follows a request from two Republicans earlier this week that Wolfe or a commission Representatives attend a committee meeting to discuss the Audit Bureau’s report released last month. The report found no widespread fraud or abuse that would have affected the outcome of the election, but made 48 recommendations to improve how elections were conducted.

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