WEC prepares for fall elections

MADISON, Wis. — Amid the backdrop of the January 6 committee hearings, elections officials held a briefing Tuesday to try and instill confidence in the upcoming elections.

“I think my top concerns continue to be election confidence, confidence in the election process,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator.

Tuesday’s briefing was the first in a series she intends to do over the summer, she said.

“We really do find that once people have more information about elections, they feel involved, engaged — they understand how it works, and that really does help to combat some of those misunderstandings about elections,” Wolfe said.

Rock County Clerk Lisa Tollefson joined the briefing, discussing the work that municipal clerks do — the officials that directly administer the elections.

“They’re the ones sending out your absentee ballots, they’re the one doing those public tests [of voting equipment], they’re doing all of that work for you — they are your neighbor,” she said.

Wolfe said in the face of increased pressure and scrutiny facing election officials, she is not worried about what may happen this fall. She expects to see some election observers — which can be campaign volunteers who monitor polling places to make sure the election is carried out smoothly — but does not expect that will drastically affect what happens in August and November.

“I don’t have any reason to believe that this year will be any different than in the past,” she said. “If there are those types of issues, the clerks are trained to work with their local law enforcement to make sure that those situations are handled appropriately.”