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Voting rights advocate sees results sticking

Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck does not see how the results of the fall election will flip. Milwaukee and Dane counties are expected to wrap up their recount efforts over the weekend, at least two days before the December 1st deadline. The Wisconsin Voter Alliance filed a motion on November 24th asking the Supreme Court to toss out thousands of ballot because of possible issues with absentee ballots. The group says they have thousands of pieces of evidence that could lead to those votes not counting. Whether it is allowing county clerks to fill in missing addresses for signed absentee ballots or determining if someone is indefinitely confined or not, Heck says those situations are outlined under state law and the rules of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. He finds it outrageous that only two counties were requested a recount.

Heck says similar lawsuits in other states have not been successful because of a lack of evidence. He believes the only way the result can change is if the legislature goes against the will of the people.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has not yet weighed in on the case. Former Justice Janine Geske gave her thoughts in an opinion piece published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Thanksgiving, criticizing the lawsuit and asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to “protect the sanctity of our elections and the rights of our citizens.” You can listen to the full interview with Heck on our podcast page as well as an opposing view.

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