Spotlight: Military ballot law in need of reform?

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — A Milwaukee election official’s alleged felonious conduct exposed a glaring security flaw in Wisconsin’s absentee ballot law. State. Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) says it’s long past time to change the law on military member voting.

Kimberly Zapata, the Milwaukee Election Commission’s second-in-command, is facing up to five years in prison on a felony count of misconduct in office and three misdemeanor counts of making a false statement to obtain an absentee ballot. Zapata is accused of using the state’s WisVote system to request three absentee ballots meant for military members and had them sent to Brandtjen’s home. She was fired just days before the election.

Zapata claims she was only trying to get Brandtjen’s attention, and redirect her focus from “outrageous conspiracy theories and to something that is actually real.” Brandtjen has chaired the Assembly committee that has spent the better part of the past two years investigating complaints and illegal activities in Wisconsin’s elections.

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