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Election workers discuss keeping voting clean during La Crosse forum



Panelists, including Mike Huebsch and Wisconsin Election Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe speak in La Crosse during a forum on voting called Keep Our Republic on Oct. 25, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Making sure that Wisconsin elections are fair and free of fraud was the subject of a discussion in La Crosse on Wednesday.

A panel of election officials from the local and state levels talked about the processes designed to keep voting honest during a seminar hosted by the group Keep Our Republic.

Meagan Wolfe, administrator for the Wisconsin Election Commission, told the audience that election problems are usually caught very quickly.

“We’re able to see immediately if something is sort of off, if our baseline in terms of, you know, the activity in the system, who’s accessing it is off, we’d be able to see that and investigate that,” Wolfe told those attending the forum at the La Crosse County administrative building.

Wolfe said neither the voter registration process nor the voting system in Wisconsin was breached in the 2020 election, despite claims of fraud in the state. Charges of widespread fraud were disproved by an investigation last year.

Kathy Bernier, Keep Our Republic director, said charges by Donald Trump that Democrats cheated in the last election don’t hold up. 

Bernier said Trump should have expected Democrats to take the lead in Wisconsin late on election night, once counting of absentee ballots began.

There were accusations that Joe Biden took the lead from Trump in Wisconsin unfairly, based on fake ballots counted overnight.

“It’s fashionable to pretend something that is not actually true,” Bernier, a former state legislator and election clerk, said.

Speaking on Trump, Bernier said “his people had to know he had to be so much ahead going into Milwaukee or Dane County, whatever, in order to win the election in Wisconsin.”

Panelists at the forum cautioned that running vote totals on election night are not official, because they lag behind the counting process. Democrats have proposed having ballots counted early, but there has been no movement by Republicans, who control the state Legislature to change that part of the system.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Kevin

    October 26, 2023 at 11:53 am

    We don’t believe you, period! There was no significant investigation of the ballots! There was no significant investigation of voting anomalies. I have it from poll workers that there were ballots filled out ‘exactly’ the same, right down to how the circles were colored in, that is statistically impossible.

    You cannot stuff this genie back in the box without changing something. We have done nothing but make our elections more prone to fraud, without a desire to investigate!

  2. Lucenut

    October 27, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Did anyone ask embattled bureaucrat Meagan Wolfe why she hasn’t signed the ERIC membership agreement. Mandated by law?


    • B. Obama

      November 2, 2023 at 11:58 am

      The recount was just that…a RECOUNT investigation. So there were 81,283,098 ballots and the recount showed 81,283,098 ballots. What’s the problem with that? The numbers matched end of story.

      Kevin you seem to think the devil is in the detail such as the names and verification of the ballot. That is not what the recount was. Just trust in the process and remember…”IF you Like your Doctor..you can keep your doctor”.And Ol’ Hil didn’t bleach bit her IT equipment..wink wink

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