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Politics Head of Wisconsin 2020 election inquiry takes mayors to court

03:56  04 december  2021
03:56  04 december  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman is requesting that a circuit court compel two Wisconsin mayors to comply with his investigation into the 2020 election.

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Gableman, who was hired in the summer by Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in June to investigate "voting irregularities" on behalf of the chamber, filed suit in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Monday and said the mayors of two of the state's three largest cities failed to testify before him despite subpoenas he issued.

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"Of all the clerks and of all the mayors, those two simply failed without reason or excuse to appear for their depositions and answer questions about how and to what extent they allowed Mark Zuckerberg's employees to plan and administer their city's election in November 2020," he said, according to PBS Wisconsin.

The two mayors he alleged failed to comply were Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich.

The two cities received money from the Center for Tech and Civic Life to help manage the elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The group received funding from Facebook.

A representative for Rhodes-Conway told PBS Wisconsin the city did not receive a formal request and had a prior agreement with Gableman that no one from Madison would need to testify.

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The Washington Examiner reached out to the Green Bay mayor's office for comment.

The court is set to hear arguments for the case on Dec. 22.

Gableman, a Republican, served on the court from 2008 to 2018. Several days after the 2020 election, Gableman attended a Trump rally and appeared to cast doubt on the outcome of the election.

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"I don't think anyone here can think of anything more systematically unjust than a stolen election," he said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

President Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump by about 20,600 votes in Wisconsin. Gov. Tony Evers certified the results in early December after a canvas and some county recounts.

Democrats claim Republicans are on a misguided fishing expedition with their investigations.

“The fact will remain that the 2020 election was free, fair, and conclusive,” Wisconsin Democratic Party executive director Nellie Sires said in July. “It’s time for the speaker to end the charade and start telling the truth.”

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Wisconsin election officials have found a couple dozen instances of voter fraud amid 3.3 million ballots cast, a total roughly in line with previous election cycles, leading to some charges. But a separate review by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau found no widespread fraud — though it did recommend changes to state law and policies, according to a report released in October.

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