T.The Republican chairman of the Wisconsin Legislative Election Commission, along with veterans groups and other voters, has filed a lawsuit seeking a court order calling for the isolation of military absentee ballots in battleground states.
A lawsuit from state Rep. Janelle Brunchen, filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Friday, uses false names to fraudulently rig three military ballots as a way of exposing the vulnerabilities of Wisconsin’s elections. Milwaukee Election Commission deputy director Kimberly Zapata was fired last week and is now facing felony misconduct in public office. and three misdemeanor counts of election fraud.
The lawsuit seeks a temporary injunction requiring Wisconsin election officials to retain military ballots so they can be verified as authentic. As of Monday morning, the court had taken no action on the lawsuit, and there was less than 36 hours until polls closed on Tuesday.
Military ballots make up a small percentage of all ballots cast in the state. On average, they make up about 0.07% of all requested absentee ballots, according to the Wisconsin Electoral Commission. The 2018 election called for 2,700 military votes, and as of Thursday, the current election called for 2,747 military votes.
In Wisconsin, military voters do not have to register to vote. That means you don’t have to show photo ID to request an absentee ballot.