A few states come to mind when we talk about election fraud and the subsequent and possible audits to prove that fraud. Most notably, of course, is Arizona, as it is currently winding down the first forensic audit of its kind. Georgia and Pennsylvania are also usually mentioned, as both states were key to the 2020 general election and thought to have some major discrepancies in their results.
But another state that should be talked about more often is Wisconsin. Like the other three states already mentioned, it too was a battleground state in 2020 and also saw its fair share of what election officials and commission workers have called inconsistencies.
The first of which is that in the state, voter rolls are to be purged or cleaned up every two years. It’s a common practice, meant to remove voters who have not voted in four or more years and who have not responded to recent attempts to contact them about their place on the voter rolls.
The last year in which this purge was supposed to occur was 2019, in which over 230,000 voters had been identified to be removed, likely because they had moved.
And yet, the Wisconsin Election Commission voted to keep all those on the voter rolls “until after the April 2021 election to give them several chances to affirm they hadn’t moved,” according to The Associated Press.
Naturally, a conservative nonprofit law firm, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, filed a suit after the vote, demanding that the names be taken off the list. But, unfortunately, the state Supreme Court didn’t agree and ruled in favor of the Election Commission.
But now, a full nine months after the November general election and a full three months after the April 2021 elections, those names have finally been purged.
According to the AP, the Election Commission removed over 205,000 names from the list on Wednesday. It was noted that 174,307 of those had been deactivated due to not voting in four years and failing to reply to mailings. An additional 31,854 voters were removed because they had moved and also hadn’t responded to mailings.
The timing is curious, to be sure, especially when you consider that Joe Biden supposedly won the state by just over 20,000 votes with more than three million votes cast. And even more curious when Biden was also up in the polls by a whopping 17 points a total of six days before the election.
I mean, if the polls said Biden was going to win, why do you need an extra 230,000 some votes on hand to make sure that happens?
Then again, why wait to purge them for another two years after they were supposed to be done in the first place? And then why delay that even further, but by just a few months?
Another curious incident is that Donald Trump was ahead in the state on November 4, at 1:30 a.m., by some 109,000 votes. Just hours later, at 4:00 a.m., Joe Biden was leading and by 11,000 votes no less.
To make that sudden change even more questionable are emails between Ryan Chew, the state lead for the Elections Group and a known Trump critic, and Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg.
At 4:07 a.m., Chew wrote to Woodall-Vogg, congratulating her. He said, “Damn Claire, you have a flair for drama, delivering just the margin needed at 3 a.m. I bet you had those votes counted at midnight, and just wanted to keep the world waiting!”
Woodall-Vogg responded, “LoL. I just wanted to wait to say I had been awake for a full 24 hours!”
As Wisconsin Spotlight’s M.D. Kittle infers, the connections to be made from this are questionable, to say the least.
There are other issues in Wisconsin, as well. Such as the sudden quadrupling of the number of indefinitely confined voters (those who are exempt from showing ID when registering) in the year 2020, when a whopping 265,979 voters identified as such. Just two years before, that number had been 70,218, and a year before that, it was only 66,611.
Needless to say, many in the state say a forensic audit like that being done in Arizona is needed. And I’d have to agree. But so far, Republican state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is not willing to let that happen.