Top Wisconsin Republican subpoenas counties as part of additional 2020 election audit

Democrats and their media allies have fervently dismissed any suggestion that the 2020 election was tainted by fraud or irregularities, but many Republicans remain skeptical of the purported integrity of the processes and reported results of last year’s contest.

That holds true in Wisconsin, where a top Republican in the state Assembly has announced that subpoenas will be issued to two counties for certain “election materials” as part of a “top-to-bottom investigation” by her committee, the Washington Examiner reported.

That Republican is Wisconsin state Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R), chair of the Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee. The subpoenas for election materials, as part of an investigation, will be sent to Milwaukee and Brown Counties, though it is unclear exactly what type of materials have been requested.

“The clock is ticking …”

“Legislators have been hearing from thousands of disgruntled constituents regarding their concerns with the November 2020 election,” Brandtjen said in a statement Friday.

“From outside money pouring in to Democrat-controlled communities, to individuals engaging in questionable activities; from improper guidance given to clerks from the Wisconsin Elections Commission, to clerks illegally prompting voters to declare themselves ‘indefinitely confined.’ The list goes on and on,” she added.

Brandtjen acknowledged in the release that two probes into the 2020 election were already underway in the state, one by the Legislative Audit Bureau as well as one authorized by the Assembly speaker, but suggested that constituents were complaining about the amount of time those investigations are taking, the lack of specifics, and the “open-ended” nature regarding what those queries are seeking.

“I sincerely welcome and applaud these efforts, however, the people of Wisconsin demand and deserve a transparent, full, cyber-forensic audit as described in the subpoenas submitted to both Milwaukee and Brown Counties,” she said. “The clock is ticking as the 2022 elections will commence in just a matter of months.”

The committee chair concluded by calling the subpoenas a “first step towards a full, cyber-forensic audit of tabulators and inspection of physical ballots” from the 2020 election last November.

Similarities to Maricopa County

The announcement comes nearly two months after WisPolitics.com reported that Brandtjen, along with a few other Assembly Republicans, had traveled to Arizona to see the independent audit of Maricopa County’s ballots firsthand, with the idea being that the effort could be emulated later in Wisconsin.

Of course, Wisconsin Democrats were quick to condemn and dismiss the idea of an Arizona-style audit in their state, but they were also joined in opposition by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R), who suggested that another probe was unnecessary when he’d already authorized one that was underway, according to an Associated Press report in late July.

“Certainly, if she wants to add extra resources from her two staff people in the office to be able to assist the investigators that we have … we welcome everybody to offer whatever evidence that they have,” Vos said of Brandtjen. “But as far as her launching her own investigation, I don’t know what that would prove.”

It remains to be seen if Brandtjen’s subpoenas will be honored by the two Wisconsin counties, as well as if her separate investigation will even get off the ground, considering the opposition such an effort has faced from Democrats along with some Republicans.

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