Wisconsin Election Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe said on Thursday that the non-partisan decision of the Legislative Audit Office to release its recent report on the 2020 election without giving the agency an opportunity to respond “does not appear not fair”.
Wolfe also declined to comment on whether the commission’s decision to forgo special voting deputies in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic jeopardized the 2020 election. The Racine County Sheriff asked that two Republican commissioners and three Democratic commissioners are charged with crimes after finding eight families in a nursing home who said they were surprised their loved ones vote.
“I think the only case we’ve heard of is Racine,” Wolfe said. “I am not aware that anyone else brought any sworn complaints or substantiated evidence to our attention.”
Wolfe’s comments, made Thursday in a meeting with the Wisconsin State Journal editorial board, came the same day Ann Jacobs, chair of the state’s bipartisan Election Commission, briefed the committee’s GOP leaders Legislative Assembly audit that neither Wolfe nor Commission members would be able to testify on the audit report at a legislative committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday.
The letter, sent to Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, and Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem, co-chairs of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, follows a request earlier this week from both Republicans as Wolfe or a commission representative attend a committee meeting to discuss the Audit Office report released last month. The report found no fraud or widespread abuse that would have affected the election outcome, but made 48 recommendations to improve the conduct of the elections.