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I think he said 'first time ive done it as president'

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Steven Kovac By Steven Kovac 9/23/2023 Updated: 9/24/2023 0:00

Meagan Wolfe, the controversial administrator of the Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC), is facing actions calling for her impeachment.

On Sept. 21, five Republican state assembly members presented both houses of the Legislature with a 23-page resolution containing 15 articles accusing Ms. Wolfe of maladministration in office.

The lawmakers further alleged that Ms. Wolfe either created or implemented a string of policies and practices that run contrary to state law. Related Stories Wisconsin Senate Rejects Another Term for Meagan Wolfe as State Elections Chief 9/15/2023 Wisconsin Senate Rejects Another Term for Meagan Wolfe as State Elections Chief Wisconsin Elections Chief Meagan Wolfe Faces Uphill Battle for Reappointment 6/23/2023 Wisconsin Elections Chief Meagan Wolfe Faces Uphill Battle for Reappointment

Since the 2020 presidential election, several actions by the WEC under Ms. Wolfe’s guidance have been declared illegal by Wisconsin courts.

Cosponsors of the resolution are Reps. Janel Brandtjen, Scott Allen, Elijah Behnke, Ty Bodden, and Chuck Wichgers—all Republicans. Wisconsin State Assemblywoman Janel Brandtjen. (Courtesy Janel Brandtjen) Wisconsin State Assemblywoman Janel Brandtjen. (Courtesy Janel Brandtjen)

Some Republicans believe Ms. Wolfe's policies and directives favored the Democrats and may have cost former President Donald Trump the Badger State’s 10 electoral votes in the hotly contested and chaotic 2020 election. On Jan. 6, 2021, Congress acknowledged the WEC's tally that President Trump had lost Wisconsin to Joe Biden by less than 21,000 votes. Just Following Orders Within hours of the filing of the resolution, Ms. Wolfe issued a statement responding to the charges, saying they “misrepresent my actions and how this agency works.” Ms. Wolfe has consistently maintained that she is not a policymaker and has done nothing but follow WEC’s orders. However, critics says this attempt to pass the buck runs contrary to the state law creating the Wisconsin Election Commission, which reads in pertinent part, "The election commission shall be under the direction and supervision of an administrator who shall be appointed by a majority of the members of the commission."

Ms. Wolfe stated, “Every major decision relating to the 2020 election was made by the agency’s six bipartisan commissioners in public meetings.”

In her response, she disputed the veracity of the claims made in the resolution, pointing out that numerous investigations have shown that “Wisconsin’s elections are run with integrity.”

“It’s irresponsible for this group of politicians to willfully distort the truth,” she said. Calling the attempt at impeachment “unlikely to succeed,” Ms. Wolfe urged election officials to start preparing for the next presidential election—an election, she said earlier, that she intends to manage despite a lack of Republican support for her to continue on in what they say should be a non-partisan position. Claims of Maladministration Some of the allegations against Ms. Wolfe contained in the articles include her allowing election workers and even employees of non-profit organizations to play an active role in correcting omissions and errors on an absentee voter’s certificate or ballot envelope.

Wisconsin law mandates that voters do their own corrections.

Another article alleges that Ms. Wolfe failed to create an effective verification system capable of preventing bad actors from filing numerous absentee ballot applications and receiving ballots in other people’s names at different addresses.

Real-life examples of such occurrences were included in the resolution.

“When a lawsuit sought declaratory and injunctive relief to compel Administrator Wolfe to address this dereliction, she engaged the services of a private law firm, the Mark Elias Group, in an attempt to avoid remedying the situation,” the resolution said. Mark Elias is a top election strategist for the national Democrat Party. More Outside Influence According to the resolution, Ms. Wolfe also “facilitated, promoted, and encouraged the employment of partisan, out-of-state residents to administer Wisconsin’s elections in 2020.”

Some of the outside influencers mentioned in the resolution were David Becker and David Plouffe.

“David Becker, a highly partisan individual employed by George Soros and the administrator of the partisan Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) played a central role in executing this scheme,” the resolution alleged.

Another high-profile Democrat operative named in the resolution was “David Plouffe, one of former President Obama’s principal advisors and the author of ‘The Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump.’” Mr. Plouffe’s task was overseeing “a plan aimed at staffing the offices of the largest cities in swing states with partisan employees and agents to administer the election in those cities,” Article 7 alleges. Follow the Money Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg attend the 2020 Breakthrough Prize Red Carpet at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., on Nov. 3, 2019. (Ian Tuttle/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize) Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg attend the 2020 Breakthrough Prize Red Carpet at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., on Nov. 3, 2019. (Ian Tuttle/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize)

The funding for the operation came from grant money awarded to localities by the Zuckerberg-supported left-leaning NGO Chicago-based Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL).

The stated aim of the grants was to help communities conduct safe elections in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wisconsin’s five largest cities; Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Kenosha, and Green Bay, received grant payments totaling $8.8 million. That represented 86 percent of the total CTCL grant funds awarded in Wisconsin. The remaining 14 percent was divided between smaller jurisdictions throughout the state.

As post-election expenditure reports submitted to Ms. Wolfe by the five cities showed, very few grant dollars were spent on plexiglass shields and personal protection equipment (PPE) for clerks and poll workers.

For example, Green Bay reported spending only one percent of its grant award on PPE.

The five cities were criticized in the articles for their “lack of transparency in the financial reporting.”

The resolution raised the question of whether the vast majority of the funds were used “to promote voter turnout among specific demographic groups favored by partisan actors.”

According to Article 11, Ms. Wolfe told a legislative hearing that she was not even aware of the CTCL grant funding until she learned of it from a city’s financial report on Aug. 30, 2020—a contention the resolution said “strains credibility.” To receive a grant, municipal election officials agreed by contract to install absentee ballot drop boxes, “cooperate with CTCL directives, and follow the instructions of CTCL’s designated personnel in administering the elections,” alleges the resolution. A Breach of Trust Article 7 highlights the alleged role of Brooklyn, New York, resident Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, a well-known Democrat activist, in the administering of the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin.

Mr. Spitzer-Rubenstein was recommended to Ms. Wolfe by Milwaukee election chief Claire Woodall-Vogg. Ms. Wolfe then forwarded the recommendation to big city clerks throughout the state.

The article reads, “As a direct result of Administrator Wolfe’s recommendation, Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, a designated ‘partner’ of Zuckerberg and CTCL, assumed control over various aspects of the Green Bay election.”

In Green Bay, Mr. Spitzer-Rubenstein is alleged to have overridden the city clerk, signed contracts, controlled access to a key location, and decided to accept ballots after the polls closed on election night.

He is also alleged to have set up election systems, collected ballots, and created absentee ballot logs in Racine.

In Milwaukee, Mr. Spitzer-Rubenstein is alleged to have recruited other out-of-state personnel, had exclusive access to critical information, and even authored the city’s Election Day Manual. He also supposedly had a hand in the creation of a force of what the articles call “ballot navigators.” Residents drop mail-in ballots in a ballot box outside of the Tippecanoe branch library in Milwaukee, Wis., on Oct. 20, 2020. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Residents drop mail-in ballots in a ballot box outside of the Tippecanoe branch library in Milwaukee, Wis., on Oct. 20, 2020. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Such navigators could visit citizens’ homes, “represent themselves as being from the city,” and potentially offer assistance in completing absentee ballots and returning them to the clerk’s office.

“By participating in and facilitating this scheme, Administrator Wolfe betrayed the trust of Wisconsin citizens,” the resolution said. The use of absentee ballot drop-boxes in the 2020 election cycle was later declared illegal by the state Supreme Court. Nursing Home Law Ignored Another charge in the articles is that five of WEC’s six commissioners, under Ms. Wolfe’s leadership, disregarded a state law that required absentee ballots be delivered to and returned from nursing home residents by Special Voting Deputies appointed by the municipal clerk.

According to state statute, one of the duties of the Special Voting Deputies is to assess the mental competence of would-be nursing home voters.

“Administrator Wolfe publicly and privately supported this illegal scheme and encouraged Wisconsin clerks to participate in it,” the resolution reads.

Another article accuses Ms. Wolfe of failing to construct a system by which local election clerks can quickly and easily identify registrants who may have become disqualified from voting due to being adjudicated mentally incompetent.

In a related matter, the articles allege that Ms. Wolfe’s directive to the clerks “permitting a spouse, campaign volunteer, or other agents to submit absentee ballot applications on behalf of electors” contradicted the plain language of Wisconsin law. The Election Administration Manual for Wisconsin Municipal Clerks also instructed the clerks to treat the delivery of an absentee ballot application request by an individual other than the registered elector as a “by-mail request.” Mishandling of Actual Ballots According to the resolution, Ms. Wolfe’s mishandling of absentee ballot applications “paralleled her maladministration of absentee ballot returns.”

After the 2020 presidential election, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the state election law does not allow agents or anyone other than the elector to submit an elector’s absentee ballot directly to a clerk’s office and that a person-to-person exchange between the elector and the clerk, or clerk’s authorized representative was required. “Therefore, Administrator Wolfe’s memos advising otherwise conflicted with the law and were rightly void,” the resolution said. No Verification of Identity The articles also allege that Ms. Wolfe allowed the potential circumventing of Wisconsin’s proof of identification laws through the WisVote online absentee ballot request form—a method WEC lacked the legal authority to establish.

The resolution asserts, “The underlying issue lies in mailing absentee ballots without proof of identification.”

They also point out that WEC has no legal authority to receive absentee ballot applications. By law, these applications are required to be submitted to the municipal clerk. An intermediary such as WEC is not one of the six statutorily specified methods to obtain an absentee ballot, according to the resolution. A Rolling Polling Place Article 10 alleges that Ms. Wolfe allowed the use by the city of Racine of a converted recreational vehicle as a mobile polling place in violation of a Wisconsin statute that mandates, “Each polling place shall be accessible to all in

CloudNine 5 points ago +5 / -0

Love em both, but I think Kari would be best.

Would like to see Matt Gaetz and MTG as 2028

CloudNine 12 points ago +12 / -0

Reminds me of DrJohnCampbell,, they way he talks all around the 'deaths' and 'vaccinations' to explain the raising death rates all over the world.

Of course its not the 'vaccinations' thats causing this,,, no no tut tut

CloudNine 2 points ago +2 / -0

its sad, but they did it to themselves.

CloudNine 2 points ago +2 / -0

They could call it the Obama Library

CloudNine 1 point ago +1 / -0

How would you know if you have covid if you dont test Testing testing testing.

I know plenty of people that will getting these and after every sneeze,, they'll need a test. I hope these people arent getting boosted, but who knows! I cant ask

CloudNine 5 points ago +5 / -0

She like the Black Caucus

She dont like white folks, they dont put no season on they food

CloudNine 3 points ago +3 / -0

Thats the Toyota variant!

wow,, just read some about this,, bad news.

CloudNine 1 point ago +1 / -0

"If there's ever a problem," Biden said he told his wife, "just walk out on the balcony here— walk out, put that double barrel shot gun and fire two blasts outside the house."

CloudNine 1 point ago +1 / -0

He is a GOOD MAN!

Speaking of,, I bought two sets of sheets! High quality- great price.

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The Western Wall, known in the West as the Wailing Wall, and in Islam as the Buraq Wall, is a portion of ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem that forms part of the larger retaining wall of the hill known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount.

Did they move the Great Wall of China to Jerusalem??

CloudNine 3 points ago +3 / -0

want to know this too. tired of all the emails. also dont want to give my phone number

CloudNine 3 points ago +3 / -0

You can tell that was a planted question he knew in advance exactly what to say

CloudNine 7 points ago +8 / -1

Win in court,, but, collecting from these vagrants is not a sure bet.

CloudNine 1 point ago +1 / -0

whats to stop the Dems from doing this with Joe and Hunter?

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