MADISON —The members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission couldn’t make it to Tuesday’s Legislative Audit Committee hearing on why the agency routinely broke Wisconsin election law. But Democrat Ann Jacobs, WEC’s highly partisan chairwoman, made time to appear on the radio Wednesday to bash the Legislative Audit Bureau, recognized nationally as the gold standard in government auditing.
Jacobs went on WHBY in Appleton to complain about how unfairly the scandal-plagued Elections Commission has been treated since the Audit Bureau released its findings of an extensive review of the 2020 presidential election. The audit found multiple areas where WEC failed to comply with election law.
Jacobs last week told the Legislative Audit Committee that WEC’s six commissioners — three Democrats and three Republicans — would not appear at Tuesday’s hearing. Instead, the chair said WEC would meet early next month and then get back to the committee after that. They sent WEC Administrator Meagan Wolfe, who could not, or refused to, answer many of the committee’s questions because the commission had not yet met.
But commissioners have met since the Oct. 22 release of the audit. The commission had time to call an emergency meeting after the Racine County Sheriff’s Department released a report finding WEC’s violation of the state Special Voting Deputies law led to nursing home staff making or manipulating cognitively impaired residents to vote. Commissioners have done press interviews, and have made the rounds on Sunday morning talk shows.
Jacobs has been busy tweeting to all who will listen about how pure WEC was in overseeing the election. And she seems to have plenty of time to lash out at the Audit Bureau, which confirmed Tuesday that Jacobs and her fellow Democrats on the commission declined to speak with auditors.
But Jacobs and her commissioners couldn’t spare the time to read through the audit report, despite the fact that she and Wolfe are calling for the Audit Bureau to correct “errors.”
On the radio Tuesday, Jacobs repeated her Lady Macbeth spiel, leaving listeners to wonder if the lady doth protest too much.
“The most important finding of the audit was that (the election) was accurate, it was fair and it was safe,” Jacobs told the WHBY host. “The election was held, it was properly tallied, and the results are what the results are, including that Joe Biden is the properly elected president through the electors of the state of Wisconsin.”
You get the sense that Jacobs is trying to convince herself as much as radio listeners.