MADISON — The city of Racine wants to get all it can out of its Mark Zuckerberg-funded “polling booth on wheels,” no matter what state election law has to say on the subject.
A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to know if the feckless Wisconsin Elections Commission will do anything to hold the “WI-5” city accountable.
“The City of Racine seems determined to undermine our election laws by approving 160 early voting destinations with a Zuckerberg-funded RV for all elections in 2022,” said Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), chairwoman of the Assembly committee investigating improprieties in the 2020 presidential election.
“The legality of this RV operating as an alternate ballot site is extremely questionable. I call upon the Wisconsin Elections Commission and Attorney General Josh Kaul to do their sworn duty and compel the City of Racine to honor our laws.”
Documents obtained by Wisconsin Spotlight show the city of Racine received $250,000 to purchase a mobile voting precinct (RV) “so the city can travel around the city to community centers and strategically chosen partner locations and enable people to vote in this accessible (ADA compliant) secure, and completely portable polling booth on wheels.”
The money came from $942,000 in election administration grants from the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), a liberal voter activist group that received a quarter billion dollars in funding from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. CTCL dumped more than $10 million into Wisconsin elections, the lion’s share of that in what the group described as the “famous WI-5” — Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay. They also happen to be Wisconsin’s largest cities filled with Democratic voters.
CTCL and its network of liberal activist groups took over key aspects of election administration, not permitted under state election law, according to emails and other communications,
Brandtjen said Racine’s ballot harvesting RV is not permitted under state law. Local election administrators may designate a site other than the election clerk’s office for voters to request absentee ballots or vote in an election. But the site has to be located “as near as practicable to the office of the municipal clerk … and no site may be designated that affords an advantage to any political party.”
But Racine’s polling booth on wheels would do just that, traveling into areas with heavy concentrations of Democrat voters.
“The Wisconsin legislature has provided a set of election laws that local officials, including clerks, city councils, election administrators and other government officials must follow,” Brandtjen said.
Brandtjen’s committee and a state audit have found multiple incidents of local and state elections officials manipulating or outright breaking election law.