By Rep. Scott Allen
On Jan. 4, 2021, I authored Assembly Resolution 3, which listed nine different areas of concern around the failure to follow election laws. After over a year, we have had an audit completed by the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB), an audit completed by the Wisconsin Institute of Law & Liberty (WILL), an Assembly committee investigation, and the Gableman report all confirm the issues that Assembly Resolution 3 raised.
Yet after all the questions in the investigation have been asked, there is one burning question remaining: who will ensure accountability and uphold election laws?
It is clear that the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) has punted on their responsibility. They claim that they are not responsible for the clerks so long as they, the WEC, didn’t encourage the violations. Yet the Legislative Audit Bureau points out that it is the job of WEC to ensure compliance with election laws. Interestingly, WEC did not respond to this point of LAB’s report.