Tool of the Week: Green Bay’s obstructing elections clerk

Empower Wisconsin | Nov. 7, 2022

Elections officials in the so-called “Wisconsin-5 cities” have for two years demanded “there’s nothing to see here” when faced with election integrity questions.

Green Bay City Clerk Celestine Jeffreys just got caught blocking election observers from seeing what’s going on.

Last week, Brown County Circuit Court Judge Marc Hammer told Jeffreys and her team to “provide observer access to the witness certification process and to the electors depositing his or her ballot in the ballot box during the in-person absentee voting window.”

Poll observers claim they have had a difficult time seeing important portions of the process, including whether witnesses are certifying voters’ ballots. Jeffreys and her staff were handling that business in a separate hallway, according to the lawsuit.

“In less than 24 hours, the RNC successfully sued and won in Green Bay to ensure the city’s Democrat election officials follow the law on the books in Wisconsin. Bipartisan poll watching is a constitutional right in Wisconsin, and now the Green Bay Clerk will have to let them in the room to observe,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

Republican election observers have repeatedly complained about Jeffreys’ handling of elections since she assumed the clerk’s post following the 2020 election. In February, she got caught counting absentee ballots hours before the publicly noticed time of 4:30 p.m., an act that shut out election observers for hours.

In the run-up to the hotly contested — and disputed — 2020 presidential election, Jeffreys served as chief of staff to far left Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich. Green Bay was one of the “Wisconsin-5,” Wisconsin’s largest and Democrat-heavy cities that received the lion’s share of the “safe elections” grants funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha and Racine, signed contracts with liberal voting groups that embedded Democrat operatives in their election offices.

Emails obtained by Wisconsin Spotlight show Jeffreys pushing then-City Clerk Kris Teske to work closely with the outside liberal groups. When Teske raised questions and concerns about the liberal activists’ activities, Jeffreys continued to push.

“The grant mentors would like to meet with you to discuss, further, the ballot curing process. Please let them know when you’re available,” Genrich’s chief of staff, demanded of Teske. Fed up and frustrated Teske resigned not long before the election.

Jeffreys was subsequently appointed Green Bay city clerk, where she has been the source of multiple election integrity complaints.

She’s a tool of Green Bay’s far left mayor and the Democratic Party machine entrenched in the Wisconsin-5.

And this week, Celestine Jeffreys is Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.

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