Wisconsin audit finds 2020 election was secure

Source: The Hill | October 22, 2021 | Tal Axelrod

A nonpartisan audit of the results of the 2020 presidential race in Wisconsin found that the state’s voting machines correctly tabulated the votes cast in the crucial swing state, marking another dismissal of claims by former President Trump and his allies of widespread irregularities.

The report released by the Legislative Audit Bureau did not find any important errors made by the machines. And while a slate of recommendations were made by the elections panel, lawmakers involved in the process said the review underscored the security of the November race. 

“Despite concerns with statewide elections procedures, this audit showed us that the election was largely safe and secure,” tweeted Republican state Sen. Robert Cowles, the co-chair of the legislature’s Audit Committee, which ordered the bureau to run the evaluation. “It’s my hope that we can now look at election law changes & agency accountability measures in a bipartisan manner based on these nonpartisan recommendations.” 

In total, auditors reviewed 60 tests of voting machines, with 59 tests proving accurate counts and the last producing insufficient data.

State law also mandates that clerks test voting machines 10 days before an election. Of the 175 tests the auditors reviewed, roughly half were done within that window. 

The review also determined that only 24 people may have two active voter registrations and that just four possibly voted twice, rebutting a common conspiracy theory of thousands of voters casting multiple ballots. 

While lawmakers said they will review the recommendations and make any changes they need to the electoral system, the review’s findings fail to back up Trump’s claims that fraud cost him Wisconsin, which President Biden won by more than 20,000 votes.


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