The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) sent a letter to the Wisconsin legislature urging them to follow two recommendations by Special Counsel Michael Gableman on the integrity of the elections.
In a letter signed by 19 prominent Conservatives, AFPI Center for Election Integrity Chair Ken Blackwell said Gableman’s recommendations are “much-needed, pragmatic solutions that will ultimately create conditions in Wisconsin that will help make it easy to vote.” choose, but hard to cheat”.
Wisconsin Republicans hired Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, last fall as a special counsel to investigate the 2020 presidential election amid concerns of voter fraud and voting irregularities.
Gableman sent the state legislature last month a second interim investigative report that included 26 recommendations to facilitate “transparency” and “political accountability.”
However, Gableman’s proposals came a week after Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) held what he said was likely the final day of the year’s legislative session.
The AFPI’s letter asked the legislature to reconvene “an extraordinary session for the sole purpose of utilizing the common resolution mechanism for constitutional amendments” to implement two of Gableman’s recommendations.
AFPI recommended that the Legislature follow Gableman’s proposal and create a single statewide, publicly accessible voter registration database.
The maintenance and ongoing use of multiple databases and access systems places an unnecessary burden on county officials and related personnel in their arduous task of being responsible stewards of their data. Additionally, data quality and accessibility are paramount to restoring voter confidence in Wisconsin’s electoral systems, as future analysis of past data sets is likely to result in more complete and accurate accounting over time.
The institute also urged lawmakers to create a government agency to audit and oversee state elections.
For purposes of long-term improvement in election administration, this move is both necessary and right to provide transparency and accountability in facilitating future statewide elections, and would perhaps, most importantly, make a significant contribution to restoring voter confidence in the state of Wisconsin.
Finally, AFPI recommended that the state legislature pass a voter identification law.
“Finally, we strongly recommend reconsidering the language enshrined in Assembly Joint Resolution 133 to add a requirement for photo identification to the Wisconsin Constitution (which was not passed by both houses at this last session),” the statement said To write.
“A sizable majority of Americans nationwide (85%) support mandatory photo identification. We fundamentally believe that this is the most sensible proposal to contribute to safe elections.”