I am responding to a recent letter talking about alleged election misconduct in a number of states, including Wisconsin. I grew up in Lima and now live in Wisconsin and can assure the writer that our election process was as honest and transparent as Ohio’s.
A number of false claims have been made about Wisconsin’s election and refuted by numerous reputable resources, including our Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal – a much more credible source than the social media sites making these claims.
Wisconsin did not suddenly “discover” hundreds of thousands of ballots in the middle of the night. These were the mail-in votes from Milwaukee and other large cities. Our hardworking poll workers could not, by law, start counting these ballots until election day, which is why it took until the middle of the night to complete the count and turn in the results.
The counting process in Milwaukee was live streamed and I’ve heard of no one claiming to have seen anyone carrying suitcases full of ballots in or out of the room. I might also note that the law requiring absentee votes not be counted until election day was passed by a GOP-dominated legislature several years ago.
Another tweeted claim that that was widely shared said that Wisconsin had more votes than registered voters. Again, this is not true, according to the fact checkers at PolitiFact Wisconsin. One of the tweets making this claim was comparing the vote count from 2020 with the count of registered voters from 2018.
Our officials followed the exact same procedures they did four years ago when Trump won the state.
Kathleen Hoersten Quirk,
former Lima resident