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Spotlight: WEC sued in nursing home voter case

MADISON — The scandal-plagued Wisconsin Elections Commission is facing another lawsuit, this time filed by a Waukesha man whose severely cognitively impaired mother residing in a Brookfield long-term care facility was made to vote in the 2020 presidential election.

The lawsuit follows a Racine County Sheriff’s Department investigation that found the Elections Commission broke election law in its decisions barring special voting deputies (SVDs) from nursing homes during the pandemic, opening the door to voting manipulation.

But the latest lawsuit, filed by Cedarburg attorney Joe Voiland and Brookfield attorney Kevin Scott,  declares the whole system is out of order. WEC does not have the authority under state statute to issue “guidance” or directives on election law without first going through the legislative rule-making process as other state agencies are required to do.

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