Without citing specific concerns, Vos calls on Assembly elections committee to investigate election

MADISON, Wis. — Without citing specific concerns about Wisconsin’s election, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is calling on the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections to review how the state’s election was conducted.

In a statement released Friday, Vos mentioned concerns about “mail-in ballot dumps and voter fraud,” but claims about ballot dumps in Wisconsin have been completely debunked.

The campaigns and elections committee is chaired by Representative Ron Tusler (R-Harrison).

Vos said he hopes the committee “investigates the inefficiency of Milwaukee’s central counting of absentee ballots.” Election officials at Milwaukee’s central count counted every vote by the early Wednesday morning.

Meagan Wolfe, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, said Thursday that officials from both the Democratic and Republican parties were present at vote counting sites on election night.

“There were no absentee ballots found in the middle of the night,” Wolfe said. “Lawyers and observers for both political parties were on-site and involved the entire time.”

Misinformation about Wisconsin’s election results and process has spread on social media since Election Day. The state’s top election officials have said that Wisconsin’s election was “conducted according to law and in the open.”

In the wake of the election, President Donald Trump’s campaign filed multiple lawsuits in key battleground states, making false, unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud.

Friday evening, Democratic members of the campaigns and elections committee issued a joint statement, saying Vos’s call for an investigation into the election is “a ridiculous attempt to cast doubt on the results of the November 2020 Presidential Election.”

“It is irresponsible, unnecessary, and unfounded,” the statement reads. “While members of President Trump’s campaign actively engage in attempts to undermine state elections elsewhere, the Speaker is joining his party’s desperate attempts to deny the will of the people by manufacturing controversy here in Wisconsin.”

The City of Madison clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl said she doesn’t know what “voter fraud” Vos is referring to. As she finished canvassing Friday night, she said there is “nothing fraudulent documented” from any of the polling stations.

“We had observers from both political parties watching what was taking place. And we haven’t received complaints from the observers about anything on Election Day,” said Witzel-Behl.

She said it will take her office about a month to manually go through the poll books and record all the ballots that were counted. Once that process is done, voters who mailed in or dropped off their absentee ballots will be able to see that their ballot was counted on myvote.wi.gov.

News 3 Now has reached out to Vos’ and Tusler’s offices, but they did not immediately respond to a request to clarify what concerns they are talking about.