Milwaukee Police Open Investigation Into Illegal Ballot Harvesting During 2020 Elections

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The Racine County Sheriff’s Office claims the Wisconsin Elections Commission improperly decided special voting deputies couldn’t enter nursing homes to administer absentee votes, and alleges that opened the door for the improper use of absentee ballots.

Deputy Michael Luell said the sheriff’s office forwarded his reports alleging laws were broken to the attorney general’s office around March, but that the attorney general’s office did not accept them. He added that the sheriff’s office has “been in conversations” with the district attorney but no charges have been filed.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission decided in March 2020 that special voting deputies, people deputized by the county clerk to administer absentee voting in nursing homes and qualified care facilities, would not be able to enter those facilities because of COVID-19 concerns. Luell said that decision violated the law.

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