Ballots are stored in boxes and bags as workers recount Milwaukee County's ballots at the Wisconsin Center. Photo by Adam Kelnhofer, WisPolitics.com, Nov. 23, 2020.

Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman urged the state Legislature to “take a hard look” at decertifying the state’s electoral votes for Joe Biden despite opinions from the Legislature’s non-partisan attorneys that it’s not possible.

Still, the report Gableman presented to the Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee Tuesday noted that “action would not, on its own, have any other legal consequence under state or federal law. It would not, for example, change who the current President is.”

Gableman opened today’s Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee testimony by providing an overview of his report, which accuses officials in five cities of violating state bribery law by accepting private money to cover public election costs.

A federal judge in 2020 ruled there was no ban on the communities using the money.

The report alleged a series of other election law violations, including the use of absentee ballot drop boxes, which a Waukesha County judge earlier this year ruled weren’t allowed under state law.

The report also accuses the Elections Commission of violating state law by suspending the requirement that local clerks send special voting deputies to assisted care facilities before sending absentee ballots to residents. A Racine County sheriff recommended charges against five of the six commissioners for the action, but the Racine County DA declined to prosecute because none live in her county.

Read the report here.

See full coverage in Tuesday’s PM Update.

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