State Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit) has accused the Racine County Sheriff’s Office of conducting a “political stunt” after an investigation into alleged nursing home election fraud.

“The Wisconsin Election Commission directed municipalities throughout Wisconsin, all 72 counties, to not follow the law,” Racine County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Michael Luell said.

Luell testified on Wednesday at an Assembly Meeting regarding his findings and said that charges be pursued against the commissioners who broke the law. The sheriff explained that videos of meetings of the commissioners in the Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC) showed that commissioners did know that they were doing violated Wisconsin laws.

Luell stated in several of the meetings, the commissioners acknowledged that it was “illegal” to discontinue the practice of having a Special Voting Deputy to help people in assisted living facilities to cast their votes.

Luell told The Wisconsin Daily Star in a statement that, “The Sheriff’s Office did forward charging recommendations to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on November 3, 2021.” However, nothing has been done about that at this time and Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has disregarded the call to bring any charges. The media advisory said it recommended charges for Commissioners Margaret Bostelmann, Julie Glancey, Ann Jacobs, Dean Knudson, and Mark Thomsen.

According to the media advisory, “The recommended charges are the same for each commissioner, and include:

Misconduct in Public Office in violation of Wis. Stat. § 946.12(2) (Felony)
Election Fraud – Election Official Assisting with Violations in violation of Wis. Stat. § 12.13(2)(b)7 (Felony)
Party to the Crime of Election Fraud – Receive Ballot Non-Election Official in violation of Wis. Stat. § 12.13(3)(n) (Misdemeanor)
Party to the Crime of Election Fraud – Illegal Ballot Receipt in violation of Wis. Stat. § 12.13(3)(p) (Misdemeanor)
Party to the Crime of Election Fraud – Solicit Assistance in violation of Wis. Stat. § 12.13(3)(s) (Misdemeanor)

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman also testified saying, “This interoperable conduct included WEC failure to comply with the laws regarding clerk training, WEC’s illegal conduct in failing to discharge its duty to prevent abuse to residents of nursing homes.”

Representative Spreitzer did not respond to The Daily Star’s request for comment asking if he believed any election laws were broken and why he believes that the call for charges is a “political stunt.”

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Hayley Feland is a reporter with The Minnesota Sun and The Wisconsin Daily Star | Star News Network. Follow Hayley on Twitter or like her Facebook page. Send news tips to [email protected].
Photo “Rep. Mark Spreitzer” by State Representative Mark Spreitzer. Photo “Sheriff Christopher Schmaling” by FOX6 News Milwaukee.