‘People didn’t sign up for this’: Local elections officials brace for 2022 amid threats, baseless claims

Scott Mcdonell

The one person who oversees elections in Dane County isn't going anywhere, but Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell worries about the men and women across the state who do similar jobs. He fears threats towards poll works may only get worse in the next year. Naomi Kowles shows us how Democrats and Republicans are calling for peace and a better understanding.

MADISON, Wis. — Scott McDonell has a stack of them in his office: notes, postcards, handwritten mail addressed to him and scrawled with notes about election fraud and more.

The ones to him haven’t been all too threatening, the Dane County clerk and top elections official for the county said. Madison’s and Milwaukee’s city clerks, however, didn’t get off so easily, he noted, with both targeted for death threats and violent messages in the wake of Joe Biden winning Wisconsin last fall with about 20,000 votes to spare.

Investigative Reporter

Naomi Kowles is an investigative reporter for WISC-TV News 3 Now and Channel3000.com. If you have an investigative story you would like her to look into, she can be contacted at nkowles@wisctv.com.