What does it mean to be “indefinitely confined”? The answer to that question could mean the differencce in being allowed to vote without an ID in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Republicans pointed out that 243,000 people who requested or received absentee ballots for the 2020 election said they were “indefinitely confined,” when the number in 2019 had been only 72,000.
One reason the number might have been so high is that the clerks of Dane and Milwaukee Counties said in March that the state’s coronavirus lockdown measures met the definition of being “indefinitely confined.” The state Supreme Court later reversed that guidance, but some voters might have missed the reversal or applied for the absentee ballots before that reversal occurred.
“It was a net loss of us, no question about it,” the official said, noting that 25,000 of the indefinitely confined voters were voting for the first time and that no remedy was given to fix the problem after the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Republicans seeking definition
The fact that 243,000 people voted in the 2020 election without showing any ID when there is a law requiring ID in Wisconsin should give everyone pause, given the fact that Biden only won the state by 20,500 votes.
As part of an ongoing legal case, Wisconsin Republicans asked the state Supreme Court to define what the term means. Some have suggested that the state wipe the list of “indefinitely confined” voters and have voters reapply for that status–currently, voters get absentee ballots automatically for each election after they say they are indefinitely confined.
“We know there are people who are indefinitely confined. That’s what the law was put in place for, but they left a loophole which you could drive a truck through,” the official said.
The rule encourages clerks to double-check that voters were really indefinitely confined, but the official said it was “practically impossible” to do so because of the high numbers of people applying to do so.
Process not “robust” or “safe”
“You don’t even have a voter ID requirement on those people that registered,” Waukesha County Republican Party board member Kenneth Dragotta said about the process. “All you have is proof of residency that is required. But does that sound like a really robust, safe election process? I think not.”
The question is, how can this situation be remedied in Wisconsin? It seems like everywhere they look, Republicans find enough potential fraud to change the outcome of the election, but they don’t have evidentiary proof that it exists.
Officials in Wisconsin can’t prove that people weren’t really indefinitely confined because they aren’t allowed to ask people for details about their disability. Not only that, but investigating whether these 243,000 voters are really “indefinitely disabled” would take too much time and manpower to accomplish in just a few days before the recount is completed there and the results certified.
It is of paramount importance that we find voter fraud if it exists, however, not because it could give Trump a second term, but because all of our future elections depend on it.