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A Wisconsin lawmaker sued to prevent the state’s military ballots from being counted

A Wisconsin lawmaker sued to prevent the state’s military ballots from being counted

Wisconsin state Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R) filed a lawsuit Friday to temporarily block the state’s military ballot count after an election official sent her absentee ballots with false names.

“In this case, the interim relief sought is to prevent the counting of any military absentee ballots cast by unqualified persons casting military absentee ballots, if any,” read it lthe lawsuit was filed by Brandtjen along with two others and Concerned Veterans of Waukesha Country, where it was filed.

They added: “Prosecutors want to ensure that any close election results are not determined by unqualified people voting on absentee ballots for military voters.”

The mayor of Milwaukee said Thursday that Deputy Director of the Milwaukee Election Commission (MEC) Kimberly Zapata sent military slips by mail she asked for fictitious voters for Brandtjen, who chairs the election commission of the State House.

The intention of that move is unclear. MEC Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg said she thinks Zapata wants to show the vulnerability of Wisconsin’s voting system.

Brandtjen, who promoted false claims that the 2020 election was stolen by widespread fraud, received ballots earlier this week. Zapata has since been fired and faces multiple charges.

The lawsuit uses the incident to argue that military ballots in Wisconsin should be “confiscated” before the election and not counted until they are authenticated under state law.



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