By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — A Brown County judge on Wednesday ordered the city of Green Bay’s controversial elections clerk to follow the law on public access to the election and voting process.
City Clerk Celestine Jeffreys, a key player in Green Bay’s Zuckerbucks scandal, has been down this road before.
Circuit Court Judge Marc Hammer ordered Green Bay election officials to “provide observer access to the witness certification process and to the electors depositing his or her ballot in the ballot box during the in-person absentee voting window,” according to the court file.
The city was ordered to comply by 2 p.m. Wednesday, less than a day after the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Green Bay residents.
Poll observers claim they have had a difficult time seeing important portions of the process, including whether witnesses are certifying voters’ ballots. Jeffreys and her staff were handling that business in a separate hallway, according to the lawsuit.
“In less than 24 hours, the RNC successfully sued and won in Green Bay to ensure the city’s Democrat election officials follow the law on the books in Wisconsin. Bipartisan poll watching is a constitutional right in Wisconsin, and now the Green Bay Clerk will have to let them in the room to observe,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “We are grateful the court granted a swift and decisive victory for Wisconsinites, and the RNC will continue to fight for election transparency across the country.”
Republican election observers have repeatedly complained about Jeffreys’ handling of elections since she assumed the clerk’s post following the 2020 election. In February, she got caught counting absentee ballots hours before the publicly noticed time of 4:30 p.m., an act that shut out election observers for hours.
In the run-up to the hotly contested — and disputed — 2020 presidential election, Jeffreys served as chief of staff to far left Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich. Emails obtained by Wisconsin Spotlight show Jeffreys pushing then-City Clerk Kris Teske to work closely with the outside liberal groups and Democrat operatives funded by Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg. When Teske raised questions and concerns about the liberal activists’ activities, Jeffreys continued to push.
“The grant mentors would like to meet with you to discuss, further, the ballot curing process. Please let them know when you’re available,” Genrich’s chief of staff, demanded of Teske. Fed up and frustrated Teske resigned not long before the election.
Jeffreys was subsequently appointed Green Bay city clerk.
The RNC has filed at least 75 lawsuits in a national battle for election integrity.
Empower Wisconsin | Nov. 3, 2022