MADISON — Josh Kaul, Wisconsin’s hyper-partisan attorney general, fought against efforts to clean up Wisconsin’s voter rolls. He and his liberal allies like to describe the act of removing the names of voters who have died or moved a “voter purge.”
On Thursday, testifying at a House Committee hearing using that same tortured terminology, the Democrat seemed to tell a different story.
“Mr. Kaul, should election officials in Wisconsin be prioritizing maintaining accurate voter rolls in your opinion,” U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil (R-Janesville) asked the attorney general.
“Yes, I think list maintenance is important for all the reasons that you’ve heard spoken about today….,” Kaul said.
Democrats ever insist that voter fraud is a fantasy, a fear-mongering move by Republicans bent on disenfranchising certain voters. They’re disingenuous and wrong on both counts.
Steil, lead Republican on the Subcommittee on Elections, asked Kaul at Thursday’s virtual hearing if he is familiar with the case of voter fraud in Ozaukee County from 2020 in which a Wisconsin woman was charged with voting on behalf of her dead partner?
“I’ve read reporting about that, yes,” the attorney general said.
“I think it’s a case worthwhile looking into. I think it shows that there are instances when voter rolls are not clean, someone may try to take advantage of the situation,” the congressman said.
Kaul argued before the state Supreme Court that it’s not the job of the Wisconsin Elections Commission to clean up the state’s voter rolls. The Supreme Court, in a 5-2 ruling, curiously agreed, even though statute states otherwise.
At one point, there were some 230,000 voters suspected to have moved on Wisconsin’s voter list. Today, the number is down to 71,000.
As congressional Democrats push H.R. 1, the banally named “For the People Act,” out-of-date voter rolls raise more red flags. The bill aims to wipe out voter ID and federalize elections. Eroding voter integrity laws and failing to clean up voter rolls is a recipe for voter fraud, critics of the bill say.
Interestingly, it was Democrats in 1993, under President Bill Clinton that delivered the National Voter Registration Act. It’s purpose is to make it easier to register to vote and ensure states have accurate voter rolls to support confidence in federal elections.
“Now, Democrats suggest that this Democrat-led law interferes with free and fair access to the ballot,” Steil said. “Is this the same Democrat Party that supported the NVRA’s reasonable safeguards in 1993? There’s nothing controversial about ensuring people who have died or moved away aren’t registered at their old address.”
Watch the video of Rep. Steil questioning Attorney General Kaul here.