The Racine County sheriff in Wisconsin has accused the Wisconsin Elections Commission of breaking the law by telling local elections officials not to send poll workers into nursing homes to assist residents with voting last November.
During a press conference on Thursday, Sheriff Christopher Schmaling called on the Wisconsin Department of Justice to launch a statewide investigation.
An “election statute was in fact not just broken, but shattered by members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission,” Schmaling said during a press conference in which he and Sgt. Michael Luell detailed the findings of an investigation into Ridgewood Care Facility.
“Racine law enforcement looked at 2020 visitor logs and found that other visitors were let into the nursing home throughout the pandemic, about 900 times between the decision in March not to use special voting deputies and November 2020. Those visitors included someone to clean the fish tanks and birdcages and even DoorDash delivery people,” The Federalist reported.
“Those people were allowed into the Ridgewood Care Facility, but heaven forbid we make an exception for special voting deputies,” Luell said.
Under Wisconsin state statute 12.13, breaking these laws about special voting deputies constitutes “election fraud,” which is a felony.
“We’re just one of 72 counties, Racine County,” Schmaling noted. “Ridgeland is one of 11 facilities within our county. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of these facilities throughout the entire state of Wisconsin. We would be foolish, we would be foolish to think for a moment that this integrity issue, this violation of the statute, occurred to just this small group of people at one care facility in one county in the entire state. I would submit to you that this needs the attorney general’s investigation,” the sheriff said, calling for the AG to launch an immediate probe into the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
Following the news conference, Arizona Republican State Senator Wendy Rogers issued a statement on Twitter, calling on voters to report “all election irregularities in your counties” to “your county sheriffs” to “investigate.”
“Call your county sheriffs and give him/her affidavits, data, and reports of all election irregularities in your counties. File a police report with all of the attachments. Ask them to investigate,” Senator Rogers urged.
“Any precincts with over 100% turnout should be canvassed & the results handed over to the County Sheriff. File a police report with all of the affidavits from voters. Send that package to the legislators who have signed our #AuditAll50States letter. You can do this yourselves,” she advised.
Rogers also noted, “County Sheriffs can enforce election laws. Start arresting Supervisors.”
The battleground state has been in the news lately.
Last month, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted in favor of hearing a lawsuit supported by the Republican-led state Legislature that aims to intervene in redistricting.
In a 4-3 vote, the state’s highest court decided to take a case from the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL).
The court’s majority wrote in the opinion that “redistricting challenges a proper subject for the court’s exercise of original jurisdiction.”
Redistricting is the process of redrawing the state’s political boundaries based on the latest census showing how populations have changed in neighborhoods, cities, and counties since 2010.