Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) announced on Wednesday that he will hire three retired police officers to investigate voting irregularities and potential fraud in the state’s 2020 election — something Democrats have desperately been trying to avoid for months.
“Is there a whole lot of smoke, or is there actual fire? We just don’t know yet,” Vos said in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report.
The reported said Vos “recognizes Biden narrowly won Wisconsin and is not trying to change the results with his taxpayer-funded investigation.”
Instead, the state GOP leaders wants to understand how Wisconsin’s “largest cities used $6 million in grants from a private group to run elections,” according to the report.
Not everyone agrees with Vos’ plans to investigate.
“I think it’s unfortunate that the Legislature is using its resources to investigate what has already been thoroughly investigated, and it is my hope that instead, they could work toward expanding opportunities and ease of voting for Wisconsin voters,” said Wisconsin Elections Commission Chairwoman Ann Jacobs, according to the Washington Examiner.
The move follows actions in several conservative led states to pass voter integrity legislation. GOP leaders claim the changes are necessary to protect democracy and future elections.
Opponents argue new regulations such as requiring photo ID or stricter rules for mail-in ballots are racist and discriminate.
The 2020 election continues to present questions that need answers. At least one Wisconsin leader plans to learn the truth for himself, even if his method requires a unique focus.