The election audit commissioned by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau confirmed that there was no widespread fraud in the state’s electoral process throughout the 2020 presidential election.
The investigation focused on how election clerks and the Wisconsin election commission complied with election laws during the presidential election and additionally reviewed a sample of 14,710 absentee ballots cast in 29 municipalities throughout Wisconsin. The Audit Bureau made numerous recommendations on measures to improve elections, proposing 30 potential changes to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, with 18 of those involving legal restructuring.
“Despite concerns with statewide elections procedures, this audit showed us that the election was largely safe and secure,” said Sen. Rovert Cowels (R-Green Bay), co-chair of the Legislative Audit Committee, in a tweet.
Many Democrats were pleased with the audit’s findings, hailing the audit as proof the state’s election was safe, secure and accurate during the 2020 presidential race.
“They made recommendations to clarify things where there was ambiguity, but none of those things had anything to do with election results," said minority leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh).
“It is critically important that we restore trust in our elections process,” said Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Kenosha), co-chair of the Audit Committee, calling the report a “blueprint” for the legislature to improve the overall efficiency of the state’s election process.