Wisconsin Election Workers Fight False Information


As another contentious presidential race takes shape in the battleground state of Wisconsin, election officials are going on the attack against fake news.

Administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission Meagan Wolfe met with officials from Washington County on Tuesday in West Bend to talk to people who aren’t sure about the election. A lot of the questions people asked were about false claims about the 2020 election, and officials think that election conspiracy theories will only get worse as November approaches.

People no longer trust election systems, even though the results of the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin have been supported by multiple reviews and recounts, a nonpartisan audit, and research by a well-known conservative law firm. Once upon a time, a conservative former state Supreme Court justice looked into voting fraud but didn’t find any proof before being fired by the Republican lawmaker who hired him.

The event on Tuesday was put on by Keep Our Republic, whose goal is to teach voters and fight election lies. Former Republican state Sen. Kathy Bernier leads the group in Wisconsin. She was the chair of the Senate’s elections committee and also worked as a county clerk.

“The year is 2024. All of the things you brought up were fought in court and through processes, she told the crowd on Tuesday.

Bernier urged people who are skeptical to get more involved in the election process and learn more about the safety measures that are in place to stop the types of scams that people are worried about.

Christopher Bossert, the supervisor of Washington County, who went to the event, said that he was very worried about the results of the 2020 election at first, which is what made him volunteer as a poll worker through the county Republican Party.

He said, “I think it’s reasonable to look at that election and have questions and want to get more involved, learn more, and try to solve some of those.”

The people who work on elections all over the country are having a hard time because of conspiracy ideas. A survey by the Brennan Center for Justice last year found that about 30% of local election workers say they have been threatened or harassed because of their jobs. Clerks in the area are leaving at a high rate because of the hatred.

There have been calls from Republicans in Wisconsin for Wolfe to step down as the state’s top elections official. Last year, Republican lawmakers tried to remove her but failed.

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