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 November 5, 2023

Wisconsin Republicans introduce impeachment resolution against state elections official

Some Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have put forth an impeachment resolution for Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe. 

The Washington Examiner reports that the Republicans introduced the resolution on Thursday.

This was not unexpected.

Wolfe, who has been the Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator since 2018, is up for reelection this year. And, some Wisconsin Republicans have been doing everything they can to make sure that she is removed from the role.

As for the problem that the Republicans have with 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.

Wisconsin senate Republicans have previously tried to get rid of Wolfe by voting against her nomination for reelection. But, legal questions have arisen about whether or not she was ever actually nominated by the commission.

The legal battle ensued after the Democratic members of the Wisconsin Election Commission abstained from voting either for or against Wolfe's nomination, while the commission's Republican members voted for it.

The reason the Republicans voted for Wolfe to be reelected is so that, under state rules, the state senate could reject her - which is what happened. But, this resulted in a legal battle about whether Wolfe's nomination was legitimate in light of the Democrats' vote abstentions.

A court has recently ruled that Wolfe can continue as the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, at least while the legal process continues.

In the meantime, a group of five Wisconsin Republicans are looking to impeach Wolfe.

The Examiner reports:

The resolution from five Republican lawmakers comes after a group named Wisconsin Election Committee, Inc. launched ads against the Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, threatening to recall him if he did not allow for Wolfe's impeachment to go forward. The impeachment was originally floated in September. Vos initially said he would not move to impeach Wolfe, urging lawmakers to appoint a replacement if the court rules there is a vacancy.

The reason why Vos initially rejected the impeachment idea is because he did not believe that Wolfe was legitimately in her position. And, so, under the rules, she could not have been impeached.

Vos, since then, has changed his mind. But, now, he says that he will wait for the court process to play out before taking further action with regard to Wolfe.

"I think she should be replaced, but we now have to wait for the court process to work," Vos said.

Written By:
Oliver Winters

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