Milwaukee's central count facility on Election Day. Photo by Adam Kelnhofer, Nov. 3, 3030.

Assembluy Speaker Robin Vos expressed confidence in the review of the 2020 election being conducted by former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman after Evers ripped it as a “$700,000 boondoggle.”

Evers on Tuesday mocked Gableman’s position that the burden of proof is on election officials and the for-profit interests that did work for them to demonstrate it was conducted with “fairness, inclusivity and accountability.”

Evers said that amounts to telling clerks they have to “prove a negative” and said he hates to see “an inquisition like this.”

“All I can say is if I were a clerk, I’d be lawyered up and be sure you’re doing the right thing,” Evers said.

In a video last week, Gableman warned he would use the power of the special counsel’s office to compel testimony for those who don’t comply with his requests for information.

Vos told reporters Tuesday he hoped Gableman doesn’t have to submit subpoenas to obtain information he’s seeking, saying Wisconsin has a “very vigorous open records law.”

Vos also said he still expects completion of the investigation to come near the end of next month or the beginning of November.

“I am supremely confident that at the end of the day Justice Gableman will produce a report that shows that there were issues with the 2020 election; where potentially changes can be made to make it better,” Vos said.

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