Michael Gableman is not a secret Democratic double agent, but he certainly behaves like one. Mr. Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, was hired by the GOP assembly to investigate the 2020 election. Last week, he discussed an extension. At this rate, Wisconsin Republicans can continue to try to undo the 2020 presidential election right up until Election Day 2022 or 2024.
Their priority should be to beat Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Six months from November, his GOP challengers were to hammer on Covid lockdowns and inflation. “Do I think the election was manipulated from the beginning against Donald Trump?” Former Lieutenant Rebecca Kleefisch told a radio program last week. “Yes, absolutely.” Sir. Gableman has urged lawmakers to “look at the possibility of de-certifying the Wisconsin presidential election in 2020.”
Which option? Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes for President Biden were counted on January 6, 2021. There is no mechanism to cancel them. A decision to “decertify” is equivalent to a voter shouting at the end of the bar at 6 p.m. 02.00 that his ballot in 2020 is hereby revoked.
Sir. Gableman has already released its report, which contains both points of concern and also red herring. He cites a handful of examples of nursing home residents who have cast their ballots despite being allegedly incapable. In one case, the family “provided copies of the resident’s signature against the signature on the missing envelope, and they do not match.”
Manipulation of the elderly takes place. In February, a nursing home worker in Michigan received 45 days in jail plus probation. She allegedly forged signatures on voting applications for residents who had not asked to vote. If it took place in Wisconsin, it would have to be prosecuted. Still, it’s difficult: Only a judge can deprive a Wisconsinitter’s franchise. Even persons under guardianship may be eligible to vote.
Wisconsin’s approach to this problem is to have special deputies (SVDs) who oversee absent ballot papers in nursing homes. But when Covid hit in 2020, such facilities barred visitors. The two-part state election commission voted to suspend the submission of SVDs in nursing homes. Mr. Gableman says this was illegal and allowed for abuse. Possibly, even though commissioners have defended it as an open public decision to avoid depriving the elderly of the right to vote.
Sir. Gableman’s report claims that at many unnamed nursing homes, including in Milwaukee County, 100% of registered voters cast ballots. Is it true? He does not show his work. Milwaukee’s mayor says the real figure for her area is 79%, with some facilities as low as 36%. Kenosha says it had 458 registered voters with addresses in housing facilities and 388 ballot papers cast.
The sheriff of Racine investigated a nursing home with 200 beds and 42 votes, eight from people allegedly disabled. But that does not sound like a coordinated plan to help Mr Biden. “If a resident could only point to the ballot,” an investigator said, “that’s what the employee at the facility would mark.” To give a sense of size, the state election commission says that in 2016, there were 17,176 SVD votes in total. Mr. Trump lost in 2020 by 20,682.
Sir. Gableman recapitulates GOP complaints about private funds sent to local polling stations in 2020 from a nonprofit organization affiliated with Mark Zuckerberg. In Wisconsin, most of the money went to five cities. This practice should be banned because official voter education can easily bleed into getting out of the polls for select constituencies. But the courts have said it was not illegal. Mr. Gableman’s claim that the nonprofit grants constituted “election bribery” is a stretch.
He is targeting voice equipment from ES&S, which may include wireless modems. “One municipality,” the report claims, “admitted that these machines had these modems and were connected to the Internet on election night. The reason was to ‘transmit data’ about votes to the county secretaries.” In Green Bay, Mr Gableman claims, ES&S machines “were connected to a secret, hidden Wi-Fi access point.”
ES&S disputes almost all syllables. “Green Bay voice machines have no wireless connection,” the company says. Elsewhere in Wisconsin, ES&S scanners use modems to send unofficial results on election night. Still, “they do not connect to the public Internet, but instead use private network configurations specifically designed for high-security applications.” The final official statements will later be “physically uploaded to the election headquarters.”
Republicans have valid complaints about how the 2020 election was conducted. But it’s not hard to figure out what turned Wisconsin. Many voters, including Republicans, did not want four more years with Mr. Trumps fools. In some suburban wards, 10.5% of Mr. Biden voters GOP to Congress. This beats the evidence of voice fraud detected by anyone who has looked.
Mr. Trump lost Wisconsin in 2020 on his own, and if Republicans continue to hunt ghosts, he will also help them lose in 2022.
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