Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge Michael Gableman completed his review of the November 2020 election, issuing a 136-page report on his findings and testifying before the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections.

In his report, Gableman called for additional oversight and transparency for the state’s elections, detailing questionable actions taken by the Wisconsin Elections Commission and the Center for Tech and Civic Life.

“Accordingly, at this stage, the recommendations included in this Report largely fall within the umbrella of enabling oversight and transparency of our election systems. It draws no conclusions about specific, unauthorized outside interference or insider threats to machine voting, but it does provide numerous examples of security gaps that tend to enable bad actors to operate in the shadows,” Gabeleman wrote. “A few additional recommendations in this Report fall within the second umbrella — maintaining political accountability. While it is clear that the outside groups and the bureaucrats in Madison who run our elections have not been accountable to the voters or the state government, there are some measures that can help return our State to a functional democracy.”

Gableman echoed concerns produced by the Racine County Sheriff’s Office surrounding the role of the WEC in collecting votes from nursing homes, including videos of witnesses in his testimony.

Another cause of concern was the roughly $9 million that was awarded to local governments through the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civic Life.

“Any Agreement Where a City’s Election Officials Receive CTCL or Other’s Private Money to Facilitate In-Person and Absentee Voting Within a City Facially Violates Wis. Stat. § 12.11’s Prohibition on Election Bribery Under Wis. Stat. § 12.11,” reads one headline in the report.

Furthermore, the former judge pointed out the legal issues surrounding drop boxes throughout the state. The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently blocked the use of the boxes in upcoming elections.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Wisconsin Daily Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Michael Gableman” by WI Office of Special Counsel.