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Kleefisch: Protecting the ballot box starts with poll workers

By Rebecca Kleefisch

People across the state of Wisconsin are rightfully concerned about the integrity of our elections. Our democracy depends on voter confidence in the results of our elections, and if that confidence is eroded, people become dismayed and disenfranchised with the electoral process. The best way to ensure election integrity is to get involved and become a part of the process, and one of the best ways to get involved is to become a poll worker.

Every two years, Wisconsin state law allows each Republican and Democrat county party to submit names of interested persons to serve as poll workers in their communities. Poll workers aren’t just volunteers, they are paid by their municipality to ensure compliance with our election laws. It is essential that our Republican county parties submit names to their county governments so we have representatives at polling places committed to upholding our laws and keeping our elections secure.

That’s why I’m helping our county parties identify enough supporters to nominate as poll workers for the 2022 election cycle. The integrity of our elections depends on poll workers who are committed to upholding our laws, and I want to do everything I can to make sure future elections are conducted fairly and that everyone can have confidence in the results.

Let’s be clear: the Wisconsin Elections Commission repeatedly violated state statutes during their administration of the 2020 election. Decisions that should have been made in coordination with the Legislature were made by an unelected body accountable to no one. What happened during the administration and execution of the 2020 election was out-of-control government at its worst.

I share the frustrations of many Wisconsinites who are justifiably concerned with election security following those decisions. I’m confident that the audits being conducted by the Legislature will lay bare what happened and what needs to change in the future.

But we have to be forward looking if we want to win in 2022. Poll workers play a vital role in enforcing our election laws and protecting the integrity of the voting process.

We know that local municipalities need more poll workers. I encourage anyone who is frustrated with the process to take out their frustrations by helping their community ensure election security by helping at the polls.

We need to do everything we can to ensure security at the ballot box until we can elect a new governor who will sign election integrity bills to further secure our elections. Please consider spending Election Day at the polls protecting the vote.

Anyone interested in becoming a poll worker for the 2022 election cycle, can visit rebeccaforgovernor.com/election-integrity, and a member of our team will put you in touch with your local county party.

Rebecca Kleefisch served as Wisconsin lieutenant governor for eight years. She is a Republican candidate for governor. 

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