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Nonpartisan review of Wisconsin's 2020 election finds no widespread fraud

Laurel White, WPR | Published on 10/22/2021

For example, the review flagged only four people who may have voted twice in the election and 11 people whose absentee ballots may have been counted, even though they died before Election Day. There were more than 3.3 million ballots cast in the election in Wisconsin. The review also conducted a hand count of ballots to test some voting machines and found no notable concerns.

Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, who chairs the Legislature’s audit committee, said in a tweet Friday that the review "showed us that the election was largely safe and secure."

"The (audit bureau) has been well-respected as a nonpartisan agency by both sides of the aisle & by their colleagues around the US," Cowles said in a subsequent tweet. "It’s my hope that we can now look at election law changes & agency accountability measures in a bipartisan manner based on these nonpartisan recommendations."

Cowles said a public hearing on the review would be forthcoming at the state Capitol.

In a prepared statement, the Wisconsin Elections Commission lauded the review as one that makes clear "that vote totals in the 2020 election were accurate, that no processes were identified that could have changed the outcome, and that no evidence of widespread fraud of any type was discovered." It also acknowledged the report highlights "opportunities to improve election processes and procedures, identifying several administrative issues worthy of review."

"We’re gratified to see the report and to know that it really supports the hard-working and dedicated state and local elections officials across Wisconsin," said Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe.