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Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice to Oversee Election Review

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A former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice is being tapped by state Republicans to review the 2020 election results.

GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced that he is hiring former justice Michael Gableman to oversee the speaker’s review of the results of the election in the state.

“What we’re after is fairness and honesty,” he said.

Gableman, who retired from the state Supreme Court back in 2018, previously expressed concern about the Nov. 3 election.

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“I don’t think anyone here can think of anything more systematically unjust than a stolen election,” Gableman told a crowd at a pro-Trump rally on Nov. 7 in Milwaukee.

Last week, Donald Trump issued a statement slamming the Republican leaders by accusing them of covering up election corruption.

“Wisconsin Republican leaders Robin Vos, Chris Kapenga, and Devin LeMahieu, are working hard to cover up election corruption, in Wisconsin,” Trump said in a statement Friday evening.

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“Don’t fall for their lies! These REPUBLICAN ‘leaders’ need to step up and support the people who elected them by providing them a full forensic investigation. If they don’t, I have little doubt that they will be primaried and quickly run out of office,” he added.

Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Senate approved a Republican-backed bill that would ban private money from being used for election administration.

The bill, AB173, passed by a vote of 18 to 14.

The bill relates to private resources used for election administration, the appointment of election officials, and providing a penalty.

A report from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty found that private grants to Wisconsin Municipalities boosted turnout for Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

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Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin also advanced a plan to bar election workers from fixing mistakes on absentee ballots.

The Assembly’s Committee on Campaigns and Elections passed Assembly Bill 198, which would clarify that only voters or their witnesses can correct a mistake on an absentee ballot.

Republican lawmakers say absentee ballot curing, the technical term for fixing mistakes on ballots, is one of the areas of concern from the November 2020 election.

Election workers cured many more ballots last fall than ever before.

The new proposal spells out that election clerks must contact the voter if they made a mistake, or the witness if they made a mistake in filling out their portion of the absentee ballot. Only the voter or the witness can correct those mistakes.

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Last month, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said that he hired three retired police officers to begin an investigation, which will be overseen by an attorney.

He said the investigation will be given a broad mandate and that the investigators will review tips about the election and will follow up on those that are the most credible.

The retired police officers will have subpoena power and anyone that they subpoena will be immune from prosecution.

Vos believes that the investigators will be able to provide him with a report by the fall.

He said he is more interested in finding laws that should be changed rather than finding those who violated the law.

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