Wisconsin invalid votes may be identifiable by use of red pen?

Dan O'DonnellCounty and municipal clerks and poll workers across Wisconsin may have unlawfully altered witness statements on thousands of mail-in ballots across the state, "The Dan O'Donnell Show" has learned.

Wisconsin Statute 6.86 provides that an absentee ballot must be signed by a witness, who is also required to list his or her address. If a witness address is not listed, then the ballot is considered invalid and must be returned to the voter to have the witness correct.

nstead, multiple sources tell "The Dan O'Donnell Show," municipal clerks and vote counters across the state simply filled out witness signatures themselves. Acting on false and unlawful advice from the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), these clerks may have inadvertently invalidated thousands of absentee votes.

"The statute is very, very clear," said retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who worked as a poll watcher in Milwaukee on Election Day. "If an absentee ballot does not have a witness address on it, it's not valid. That ballot is not valid."

"In defiance of and direct contradiction to the statute, the Wisconsin Elections Commission gave guidance--that is, cover--to all 72 county clerks and turned the statute on his head," Gableman said. "They said, 'Gee, we know the law says an absentee ballot without the witness address is not valid, but county clerk, you have a duty to go ahead and look up on your own the witness' address if there's no address on the absentee ballot."

Anticipating a legal challenge to this seemingly highly unlawful advice, the WEC instructed clerks to write in these witness addresses in red pen so that they would be easy to find during a recount or audit of the vote.

The red pen detail is new (to me). And it is devastating if the clerks actually followed it. It means those illegal mail-in ballots can be identified and removed from the count.

Mail-in votes can be assumed to go substantially more towards Biden than Trump (Trump's voters were heavily encouraged to vote in person). Wisconsin had nearly two million people register to vote absentee who then returned their ballots, leaving about 1700000 registered voters to vote in person. Trump is only 20,000 votes behind Biden in Wisconsin. If even 1% of those 2M absentee ballots are discarded, you're at the 20,000 votes you need.

Now, since some people in those discarded ballots would have also voted for Trump, you'd need more than that, depending on the exact ratio. But there are other irregularities in Wisconsin, too.

This entry was published Mon Nov 16 12:04:24 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2020-11-11 01:49:49.0. [Tweet]

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