Milwaukee elections official is fired after ballot fraud allegations

The Washington Examiner reports that an elections official in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has now been fired after reports emerged of ballot fraud allegations. 

The official has been identified as Kimberly Zapata, the now-former deputy director of the Milwaukee Election Commission.

Three mysterious ballots

Zapata is accused of requesting military ballots for fake voters and then sending them to Republican state Rep. Janel Brandtjen.

The whole situation began earlier this week when Brandtjen revealed that multiple military ballots had been delivered to her home on Oct. 27. The three ballots, according to Brandtjen, were each addressed to a person named “Holly,” but with three different last names.

Brandtjen explained on Monday what she thinks happened:

I believe someone was trying to point out how easy it is to get military ballots in Wisconsin. Registration for military ballots is not required, so a fictitious name and birthdate is all that is required to obtain a military ballot online.

She added:

Feeling shocked about this situation is an understatement because it demonstrates stolen valor from those who protect this nation. I think it’s sad that people feel they have to break the law to get the attention of the legislature. This is now the second time citizens have tried to point out loopholes in our elections.

The aftermath

Brandtjen ended up sending the unopened ballots to the Waukesha County Sheriff.

Now, it is alleged that Zapata was behind the effort. In fact, Zapata is said by Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, to have been “forthcoming about her actions.”

It seems that Zapata did it for the exact reason described by Brandtjen, to point out military ballot vulnerabilities that exist in Wisconsin’s election laws. Zapata likely assumed Bradtjen would be sympathetic to her effort because the state representative has been fighting election fraud ever since the 2020 presidential election.

Charges are forthcoming

Zapata, regardless of her motivation, has now been fired from her position as deputy director of the Milwaukee Election Commission.

It also appears likely that Zapata will face election fraud charges.

Mayor Johnson put out a lengthy statement on the matter, saying, in part, “I will not accept, I will not tolerate, and I certainly will not defend any misrepresentation by a city official involved in elections. It does not matter that this might have been an effort to expose a vulnerability that state law created.”