By
Robert Ayers
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September 24, 2023
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11:40 pm

Top Wisconsin elections official faces impeachment

Wisconsin Republicans have brought articles of impeachment against Meagan Wolfe, the Milwaukee Journal reports

Wolfe is the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, a post that she has held since 2018. This year, Wolfe is up for reelection to a second term. But, things are not going as she and her Democratic supporters would have hoped.

State Republicans, with their control of the Wisconsin legislature, are currently doing everything in their power to get rid of Wolfe.

The Hill explains:

Republican leaders have been threatening to remove Wolfe for months over how she handled the 2020 election. They have falsely claimed she orchestrated a plan to rig the 2020 election in Wisconsin — a swing state President Biden carried in 2020 by nearly 21,000 votes.

Last week, Republicans attempted to get rid of Wolfe by voting against her nomination. But, there was a problem with the nomination process that has led to a legal dispute about whether the matter was properly before the Wisconsin Senate.

The problem is that, while three Republican members of the Wisconsin Election Commission voted to re-nominate Wolfe for a second term, the commission's other three members - all Democrats - abstained from voting.

The Republicans voted to nominate Wolfe so that the Wisconsin Senate could reject her, officially removing her from her post. The Democrats abstained to be able to make the argument that the Senate did not have the right to reject Wolfe because she was not nominated and therefore her nomination was not properly before the state senate.

As stated, the state Senate did reject Wolfe. But, this rejection is now being disputed in the courts. So, the Republicans have turned to impeachment.

Multiple members of the Wisconsin legislature have brought articles of impeachment against Wolfe.

The Milwaukee Journal reports that five state Republicans have filed 15 articles of impeachment against Wolfe.

The Daily Caller reports, "The lawmakers’ motion against the top elections official had 15 articles of impeachment that covered allegations of maladministration and violations of Wisconsin election laws by Wolfe’s office."

According to the Journal, "The Wisconsin Constitution allows lawmakers to remove state officials "for corrupt conduct in office, or for crimes and misdemeanors."

So, the big question now is whether there is enough support in the Wisconsin state assembly for the 23-page resolution containing these articles of impeachment to be passed. The answer, at the time of this writing, is unclear.

Next up, the speaker of the Wisconsin assembly is expected to assign the resolution to a committee.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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