By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Absentee ballot drop boxes, which exploded in use in 2020 amid COVID-19 concerns, were a potential beehive of “organized crime,” voting integrity activists told the Assembly Campaign and Elections Committee at a hearing Thursday.
Texas-based True the Vote worked with contractor VoteStand in tracking the cellphone data points at and around drop boxes in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Racine in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election (Oct. 20 to Nov. 3). The individuals also were tracked to liberal nongovernmental organizations — often to and from the offices and the ballot drop boxes.
Using geospatial technology, they tracked 138 unique devices (individuals) that went to drop boxes in the three cities more than 3,500 times. Ultimately, the exhaustive analysis showed 7 percent of Wisconsin’s 1.9 million mail-in ballots were “trafficked” by ballot harvesters. That number held up in every battleground state the voter integrity groups examined.