Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Wisconsin Part of the Takeover

Yesterday's post about Republican insurgencies to take over election infrastructure in battleground states mentioned the odd omission of information about Wisconsin in the Washington Post story. 

Well, I don't have an impartial source for that information (though there's probably a thorough version in Wisconsin media), but here's a Twitter thread from the chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, much of which is unassailably factual and includes links to media coverage.

Essentially, the state has an established election commission, which preexisted the 2020 election. Republicans, who control both houses of the legislature, are trying to take control of it and possibly prosecute the current members. 

During the 2020 election, local elections officials dealt with nightmare pandemic conditions. [Republican House Speaker] Vos refused to convene the state legislature to help, leaving local officials to administer a massive election with limited resources. Vos could've stepped in to help the Wisconsin Elections Commission but he didn’t.

Only after Trump lost the 2020 election did Republicans suddenly decide that the decisions they couldn’t be bothered to help with, made in part by Commissioners they appointed, in a system they designed, were somehow invalid.

Separately, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is advocating for the unilateral takeover of elections in Wisconsin by the State Legislature, which requires a law signed by the governor (who is a Democrat). Johnson has some version that omits that required signature. Hmmm, that doesn't sound legal, Ron!

Wisconsin, of course, is in the midst of redistricting for 2022 and future elections, and already has a Republican-proposed scheme that would shape districts vastly out of whack with the way the state votes overall. (Such as 6R vs. 2D in a state that Joe Biden won.)


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