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Memo: Vos asked if the legislature could change presidential voters after the election | News






MADISON (WKOW) — According to records obtained by a liberal watchdog group, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos explored the possibility of changing the state’s presidential voters two weeks after the 2020 general election.

US surveillance based in Washington, DC published a series of notes of leading legislative Republicans in Wisconsin and Arizona considering the legality of changing their state’s voters after an election.

A memo dated Nov. 16, 2020, from the Legislative Reference Office tells Vos that it is responding to his request to know “whether the legislature, after a presidential election, can affect the selection or actions of presidential voters in the state.” .

The nonpartisan reference office told Vos that while the legislature can change the state’s voter selection process, it cannot change the “selection or actions” of voters after an election.

A series of court challenges and recounts in Dane and Milwaukee counties maintained President Joe Biden won the state by just under 21,000 votes over former President Donald Trump in 2020.

Vos’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

State Sen. Kelda Roys (D-Madison) said the memo went to Vos exploring “if he could steal the election from voters.”

“Democracy is at stake in Wisconsin and across the country,” Roys said. wrote on Twitter.

Congressional Democrats have called for a federal investigation in Wisconsin Republicans submitting their own list of voters for Donald Trump. Two of those voters, including former Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt, have been subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Hitt and the state’s GOP argued they were only taking legal advice in the event the court sided with Trump in the legal challenge.

Vos has come under fire from some conservatives who believe he hasn’t done enough to uncover unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud. Rep. Timothy Ramthun (R-Campbellsport) introduced a resolution to “reclaim” the state’s electoral votes, but legislative leaders said they left it languishing in a rules committee.

The Iowa County GOP has asked Vos to step down on his handling of the electoral inquiry he ordered. Vos gave former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman a $676,000 contract to investigate the election.

That contract expired on December 31, but there is no end in sight to Gableman’s review as there are several ongoing court cases related to the review; they deal with the issue of Gableman’s authority to interview mayors, city clerks, and state election officials in private.