Madison – Just when it was thought that democrats had already reached an all-time low involving election integrity in Wisconsin, they have now apparently decided to collectively reach a new low when they appear to have decided they don’t have to follow any state election statutes involving the appointment process of an Administrator of Elections.
The current Administrator of Elections in Wisconsin served a 4-year term through June 30th that started in 2019 confirmed by the Senate.
State Statute 15.61 is without any ambiguity and is abundantly clear what the legal and constitutional process is to appoint an Administrator of Elections.
The current Administrator of Elections’ 4-year term ended on June 30, 2023.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), 3 republicans and 3 democrats approved by the Senate, held an emergency meeting near the end of June to make a recommendation on the position of Administrator of Elections for a new 4-year term as prescribed in State Statute 15.61.
The 3 liberal progressive democrats thought they had outsmarted the 3 republicans and the voters of Wisconsin when they abstained from voting on the recommendation.
The 3 republicans, by following the law and their sworn-oath-of-office responsibilities, unanimously voted (3-0) in the majority to reappoint the Administrator of Elections for a new 4-year term to end on June 30, 2027, to move the process forward to the Senate for confirmation as expressed in Statute 15.61.
The Senate Republicans, anticipating that democrats would be democrats when they always appear to cry wolf and threaten lawsuits if they don’t get their way, were proactive and had hired outside legal counsel to review the Statutes to make sure they were on solid ground constitutionally and legally by fulfilling their statutory duties of confirming or denying the appointment of the Administrator of Elections.
In many respects, it seems like Wisconsin voters almost always have to anticipate 3rd grade playground behavior when it comes to democrats not being able to get their liberal and progressive way with legislation and administrative appointments.
Democrats appear to almost always run to the courts to do workarounds of the law costing taxpayers time, money and lots of resources when it would have been much simpler to just follow the law.
The Senate Committee on Shared Revenue, Elections and Consumer Protection will vote in Executive Session after the August 29th Hearing and before Labor Day to make their recommendation of approving or disapproving of WEC’s nomination of the current Administrator of Elections to the full Wisconsin Senate.
The Wisconsin Senate will hopefully vote during the September 12–21, 2023, Floor Session, to approve or disapprove the Senate Committee’s recommendation on the position of Administrator of Elections.
If a vacancy occurs, State Statute 15.61 then prescribes that an Interim Administrator of Elections would be appointed for up to a year by the Joint Committee on Legislation Organization (JCLO) after a 45-day period.
It is possible that a new Administrator of Elections could be appointed as early as November 1, 2023.
Of course, democrats being democrats, will automatically file a lawsuit in hopes of confusing the issue and keeping the current Administrator of Elections in place indefinitely in hopes of repeating the disaster of 2020 for 2024 while securing Wisconsin 10 Electoral College Votes.
In a breath-taking maneuver, that is beyond stupefying, the democrats, the Attorney General and the Administrator of Elections have corroborated to collectively tell the voters of Wisconsin that the Administrator of Elections doesn’t have to follow any statutory and or election laws when it comes to the appointment of the Administrator of Elections.
- Wisconsin Senate has no “authority” to confirm or reject the appointment of the Administrator of Elections in spite of what State Statute 15.61 authorizes the Senate to do. The AG also states that in his opinion, the Senate not having any authority is “…not a close question under state law.”
- The Senate Committee on Shared Revenue, Elections and Consumer Protection needs to cancel their scheduled Hearing component for the consideration of the Administrator of Elections on Tuesday, August 29th.
- Administrator of Elections has been advised by the AG not to attend the Senate Hearing on Tuesday, August 29th.
- WEC’s unanimous vote (3-0) in late June to reappoint the Administrator of Elections for a new 4-year term is not sufficient under state law.
- The AG’s opinion is that the Administrator of Elections should remain indefinitely under the current circumstances.
- AG’s letter (click here – CCPGOAL Letter (wispolitics.com)).
- Perspective on this breaking story (click here – Wolfe to skip confirmation hearing after Kaul opines Senate has no say in whether she continues as top elections official – WisPolitics).
The back-and-forth with the democrats on the administration of elections and the Administrator of Elections position has been the subject of many articles, votes and media coverage for years for the same reasons that are ongoing in 2023.
Here are some of those exchanges between the law enforcement advocates and the workaround the law advocates:
What’s the Endgame?
This must be immediately corrected by the Wisconsin Senate before the 2024 election cycle to avoid a repeat of the disaster of 2020.
Wisconsin and America cannot continue to have elections being administered under the fog and or suspicion of election fraud that may affect the outcome of elections especially in a state supposedly decided by 20,682 votes with 10 Electoral College Votes.
The appointment of a new Administrator of Elections will go a long way to restore the confidence in our elections who will simply follow the law and exercise their administrative statutory authority to do the right thing without interference from outside liberal progressive influences.
Godspeed to protect and preserve our beautiful constitutional representative republic through election integrity.