MADISON—In the waning hours of 2021, a Republican legislator in Wisconsin named Timothy Ramthun wasn’t chilling champagne or relaxing with his family.
No, he was still scheming to subvert our democracy.
Ramthun, who in November introduced a resolution to rescind Wisconsin’s Electoral Colleges votes that were certified on Jan. 6, introduced a bill on Dec. 30 that would permit the nullification of an election and the mandating of a do-over 30 days later in some circumstances.
Those circumstances include where the total number of absentee ballots exceeds the margin of victory, which, under his bill, would necessitate a forensic audit. (In the November 2020 elections, almost 2 million Wisconsinites voted by absentee ballot, and Biden won by about 21,000 votes.)
After such an audit, if the Wisconsin Elections Commission or the Attorney General or a district attorney “having jurisdiction over the matter determines that a violation of the laws relating to election threats, bribery, or fraud occurred,” then the election is null and void.
This is way off the charts. There’s no precedent for nullifying elections in Wisconsin.
And note that Ramthun has totally aced out the judiciary, which up to now has had the authority to resolve election disputes.
Ramthun sidelines the judges and would conveniently hand power over to partisan officials.
This is an assault not only on our right to vote but on the separation of powers and our very system of checks and balances.
The anti-democracy madness in Wisconsin has got to stop!