Spotlight: Milwaukee election official faces charges

Spotlight Wisconsin | Nov. 4, 2022

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — State Rep. Janel Brandtjen says there needs to be an investigation
into Milwaukee’s latest election scandal and that a legislative “subpoena is in
order.”

Mayor Cavalier Johnson held a hastily called press conference Thursday morning,
announcing that Milwaukee Election Commission Deputy Administrator Kimberly
Zapata had been fired for allegedly requesting absentee ballots meant for
members of the military and having them sent to Brandtjen’s home.

“This has every appearance of being an egregious and blatant violation of trust,”
Johnson said. “Election integrity is absolutely integral. It’s absolutely essential.”
It’s apparently so “egregious and blatant” that highly partisan Democrat District
Attorney John Chisholm’s office was weighing filing charges — prosecutorial
action it typically reserves for Republicans.

The charges would include malfeasance in office, a felony, and illegally requesting
a ballot, a misdemeanor, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Chisholm said prosecutors “expect charges to be filed in the coming days.”

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