Madison – State Representative Janel Brandtjen commends Jay Stone on his recent legal triumph against the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), where a judge ruled that MyVote’s online absentee ballot application and request procedure violates state laws.
Stone has raised concerns about Senate Bill 39 (SB 39), specifically highlighting the inclusion of the phrase “the electronic application system maintained by the Elections Commission.” He contends that this refers to MyVote’s procedures, recently deemed unlawful by Judge Bruce E. Schroeder. Stone argues that SB 39 would perpetuate this unlawfulness, asserting that Wisconsin statutes require voters to directly interact with clerks for absentee ballots, not WEC.
Representative Janel Brandtjen states, “Statutes clearly allow voter registration but not ballot application. It’s disconcerting that Jay Stone had to invest his own efforts to expose WEC’s unlawful use of the online system. WEC built an online system that lacks essential security measures, such as user names and passwords, leaving individuals, like myself, vulnerable to potential voter fraud perpetrated by unscrupulous clerks. Let’s hope the legislature is now giving the necessary attention to address these critical issues.”