The Milwaukee Electoral Commission will be missing its deputy director just days before the 2022 midterm elections.
Seven-year commission member Kimberly Zapata was let off after she acknowledged to improperly requesting military ballots.
In order to demonstrate a problem with the voting process, Zapata allegedly mailed three votes to Republican state legislator Janel Brandtjen’s home.
Claire Woodall-Vogg, the executive director of the commission, said: “It’s my belief she was pointing out that you can go on to the public system, make up a person, and request a ballot.”
After Brandtjen shared images of the votes that were sent to her house last week, Zapata’s violations became public knowledge.
According to reports, the ballots featured fictitious names, and the legislator claimed that “I believe someone was trying to point out how easy it is to get military ballots in Wisconsin. Registration for military ballots is not required.”
Brandtjen sent the ballots to Waukesha County police, who opened an investigation, according to WITI.
Cavalier Johnson, the mayor of Milwaukee, expressed his disgust with Zapata’s behavior.
According to the Epoch Times, he said, “This has every appearance of being an egregious, blatant violation of trust, and this matter is now in the hands of law enforcement.”
“I will not accept, I will not tolerate, and I certainly will not defend any misrepresentation by a city official involved in elections,” the mayor continued in a vehement denunciation.
“It does not matter that this might have been an effort to expose a vulnerability that state law created. It does not matter to me that the alleged crime did not take place at work. It does not matter to me that city of Milwaukee ballots were not part of this. Nor does it matter that there was no attempt to vote illegally or tamper with any election results.” according to Johnson.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
As mentioned earlier by Brandtjen, Wisconsin law does not require those serving in the military to register to vote.
This is the apparent loophole that Zapata was trying to demonstrate as executive director Woodall-Vogg surmised.
According to WITI, Milwaukee election officials have already cut Zapata’s access to city databases and are now reviewing every election she was involved in. CONTINUE READING…