Spotlight: WEC sued for dereliction of duty

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — A lawsuit filed last week by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty alleges the members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission have been derelict in their duties to decide complaints against local election officials.

The lawsuit, filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on behalf of registered voter Robert Pellegrini of Hartland, charges that the six-member commission has “delegated their authority to WEC’s Administrator, or in some cases to its Chairperson, who makes those decisions instead of the WEC Commissioners.”

The six commissioners — three Democrats, three Republicans — are statutorily responsible for hearing and resolving complaints against local election officials and they cannot abdicate that duty by delegating it to anyone else, the suit asserts.

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