In Wisconsin, the law states that ballots returned by a third party absent a witness statement are invalid and not to be counted. In a state where over 3.2 million votes were cast and Biden allegedly won by 20,000 votes comes the shocking revelation that may hand Trump the state yet. According to Dan O’Donnell of WISN, instructions were sent out from the state’s elections officials that may end up invalidating thousands of ballots.
Instead, multiple sources tell “The Dan O’Donnell Show,” municipal clerks and vote counters across the state simply filled out witness signatures themselves. Acting on false and unlawful advice from the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), these clerks may have inadvertently invalidated thousands of absentee votes.
“The statute is very, very clear,” said retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who worked as a poll watcher in Milwaukee on Election Day. “If an absentee ballot does not have a witness address on it, it’s not valid. That ballot is not valid.”
Not only does the law speak for itself, but a former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice spoke up to say that these ballots should be invalidated. The issue is that the left is going to say that this is voter suppression. The law was known in advance. Both teams need to play by the rules. If one team decides that breaking the rules will help them win, it doesn’t change that it is breaking the rules.
The WEC sent uniform instructions to voters with their mail-in ballots that informed them that “your witness must sign and provide their full address (street number, street name, city) in the Certification of Witness section” and warned that “if any of the required information above is missing, your ballot will not be counted.”
However, on October 19th, the WEC sent instructions to clerks that they can simply fill in the witness address themselves so that the ballot would not be invalidated.
“Please note that the clerk should attempt to resolve any missing witness address information prior to Election Day if possible, and this can be done through reliable information (personal knowledge, voter registration information, through a phone call with the voter or witness),” WEC wrote. “The witness does not need to appear to add a missing address.”
“In defiance of and direct contradiction to the statute, the Wisconsin Elections Commission gave guidance–that is, cover–to all 72 county clerks and turned the statute on his head,” Gableman said. “They said, ‘Gee, we know the law says an absentee ballot without the witness address is not valid, but county clerk, you have a duty to go ahead and look up on your own the witness’ address if there’s no address on the absentee ballot.”
Anticipating a legal challenge to this seemingly highly unlawful advice, the WEC instructed clerks to write in these witness addresses in red pen so that they would be easy to find during a recount or audit of the vote.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin estimates that thousands of witness addresses may have been changed, thus invalidating the ballots on which they appeared. The statutory remedy for this is to subtract a commensurate number of votes for the candidates for whom those ballots were cast, meaning that vote totals may substantially change.
While the report says the changes were made in red pen, I hardly believe that this policy was religiously instituted across the state. If you think about it, there are 72 Counties in the state, and even with a 90% success rate with compliance, that leaves 7 counties that may have done as they so, please. Among the problems that exist then is that the ballots are now mixed in with the legal ballots and therefore will be harder to track. Either way, there’s data that suggests exactly where questionable activities may have occurred. I will have a series of articles this week that analyzes this data and presents it in a way that shows exactly what occurred and where. Stay tuned!