Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Mike Gableman filed his first report concerning the 2020 election on Tuesday, but the jury is still out on what can be accomplished from it.
The 136-page report highlights several items that caused Gableman’s team concern with the 2020 election, ranging from absentee box disputes and miscommunication with municipal clerks to misuse of special voting deputies in nursing homes and private grant dollars from the Mark Zuckerberg-run Center for Tech and Civic Life. It led Gableman to suggest that the Wisconsin Assembly could lawfully decertify the election. Democrats and Republicans have dismissed that notion, with attorneys saying it would be impossible. Serving on the Gableman team for two and half months was Ron Heuer, the chairperson of the Kewaunee County Republican Party and the President of the Wisconsin Voter Alliance. While he agrees the election can not be overturned, he points to issues with Wisconsin’s largest cities receiving election grants and a higher number of nursing home residents submitting ballots as some things to keep an eye on moving forward.
Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck echoed the sentiments of Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, saying the investigation conducted by Gableman has been a waste of time and taxpayer dollars to this point. He notes that federal judges have ruled the grants legal and decertifying the 2020 election impossible. Heck says there can always be improvements when communicating with municipal clerks but reiterated that Wisconsin’s election was deemed safe and secure.
Heuer added that the Wisconsin Voters Alliance would bring lawsuits against the five municipalities that accepted over $8.8 million in grants from the Center for Tech and Civic Life on charges of election bribery. Heck believes more should be done to promote legal voting and not restrict it.
Other legislators weighing in on the Gableman report (Click on the links to read)