Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement about his request to the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections and its chairman, Representative Ron Tusler (R-Harrison) to review the conduct of the 2020 Election in Wisconsin:
“I am directing the committee to use its investigatory powers under Wisconsin SS 13.31 to immediately review how the election was administered. With concerns surfacing about mail-In ballot dumps and voter fraud, Wisconsin citizens deserve to know their vote counted. There should be no question as to whether the vote was fair and legitimate, and there must be absolute certainty that the impending recount finds any and all irregularities.
“I encourage citizens to volunteer to participate in the recount in their respective communities and take an active role in ensuring fair elections.
“Wisconsin’s election system is one of the best in the country. We have well-trained staff that finished counting the ballots well before most other states. However, we can always look for ways to improve it even more. I hope the committee investigates the inefficiency of Milwaukee’s central counting of absentee ballots, as well as the removal of voters from the rolls who no longer live here.”
The Democrats on the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections responded to Vos asking the committee to investigate the November 2020 election:
“This is a ridiculous attempt to cast doubt on the results of the November 2020 Presidential Election in Wisconsin, and we reject it outright. It is irresponsible, unnecessary, and unfounded. While members of President Trump’s campaign actively engage in attempts to undermine state elections elsewhere, the Speaker is joining his party’s desperate attempts to deny the will of the people by manufacturing controversy here in Wisconsin.
“Clerks across the state are finalizing election results as we speak, in full compliance with state and federal law. They have risen to the monumental task of administering this election amid a new spike in COVID-19 cases and ever-heightened scrutiny of their work. After sitting on his hands for over six months doing nothing to address the pandemic or its impact on families and small businesses, the Speaker has decided instead to play political games and complain when the results of a statewide election did not go his way.
“As members of the Speaker’s own party have pointed out, recounts in Wisconsin have shown time and time again that our electoral system is reliable and secure. The Wisconsin Elections Commission has reported no irregularities with regard to the administration of this election. There is no reason to doubt the results provided by our hard-working clerks. We are grateful for all the poll workers and National Guard members who worked tirelessly to ensure that every voter was able to make their voice heard.”
Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D - Milwaukee) Rep. Lisa Subeck (D - Madison) Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D - Beloit)