Thursday, June 17, 2021

Racine calls for complaints over 2020 election to be thrown out, as does state elections administrator

RACINE — In October, a federal judge ruled it was permissible for communities to accept grants from private organizations to fund their presidential election operations. Eight months later, the City of Racine and the Wisconsin Elections Commission, along with a number of other cities, are still dealing with complaints about that topic.

Meagan Wolfe


This week, the City of Racine and Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe filed responses to one of the complaints they’re facing that alleges “Racine failed to comply with state laws” by accepting grant funds with conditions for the operation of the 2020 presidential election, even though no state laws ban such action.

In a response to the complaint, notarized Monday, the city claims that the complaint is “inaccurate, misstated, and inflected with bias.” The complaint was received by the WEC on April 23.

Before the complaint goes before the full WEC, the group that issued the complaint has until June 29 to reply to the city’s reply.

“Until the reply is received and we have done a complete analysis of all materials filed in the matter — which number in the hundreds of pages — we cannot comment on the next procedural steps,” attorneys Jon P. Axelrod and Deborah C. Meiners, who work with the WEC, said in an email.

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