‘Bad’ depends on whose Big Money!
This roadside stand contends that real voters cast real ballots in last year’s Covid-ravaged presidential election, never mind that over-zealous election clerks improperly “perfected” absentee ballots by filling in addresses, placing drop-off ballot boxes in city parks, et cetera.
Stated plainly, Joe Biden won Wisconsin, thanks equally to suburban Republican women’s disdain for the louche incumbent. Immutable fact: Donald Trump under-performed all eight Republican congressional candidates.
That does not dismiss the fact that Democrat(ic) election clerks shook the tree particularly hard in liberal counties like Milwaukee and Dane County. They did so with the help of private money from the Democrats’ billionaire class; namely, Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook major domo poured $10.3 million into Wisconsin — $8.8 million of that into the five most Democrat-voting cities. His “Wisconsin Purchase” is outlined in the American Conservative: “How Mark Zuckerberg’s millions … turned Wisconsin blue in 2020.”
Our research shows that [Zuckerberg’s] spending in Wisconsin generated enough votes for Joe Biden to secure him an Electoral College win there in 2020. We estimate that [Zuckerberg’s] spending in Wisconsin purchased Joe Biden an additional 65,222 votes,without which Donald Trump would have won the state by 44,540 votes.
Win big Zuckerbucks!
Zuckerberg entered Wisconsin with a $100,000 grant to Racine Mayor Cory Mason to “recruit other Wisconsin cities to join the ‘Wisconsin Safe Voting Plan.’” Mason, a former Democrat(ic) state legislator, brought on board fellow liberal mayors in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Kenosha. The plan “encouraged absentee and early voting mainly through providing “assistance” in absentee ballot completion and submission, and the installation of ballot drop boxes. It also sought to “expand strategic voter education & outreach efforts, particularly to historically disenfranchised residents.”
The American Conservative writes:
Clerks in liberal bastions Dane and Milwaukee counties in March 2020 advised voters that anyone could use the threat of Covid-19 as a reason for claiming “indefinitely confined” status for absentee voting, which excuses them from voter ID requirements. This message reached hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin voters, and spread beyond Dane and Milwaukee counties. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that, while this advice may have been ill advised, it was ultimately up to each voter to determine their status. Ultimately, about 215,000 voters claimed this status, four times more voters than had claimed to be “indefinitely confined” in 2016.
Last August, Gov. Tony Evers vetoed legislation that would have
- Penalized false representations of indefinite confinement.
- Limited to one site outside the clerk’s office for absentee ballot drop-offs.
- Prohibited unsolicited absentee ballot applications or absentee ballots.
- Prevented nursing homes from influencing a resident’s voting behavior.
- Barred election officials from adding missing information to absentee ballot envelopes.
→ Follow the sorry history of thwarted election reform here.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: It’s an easy fix; No outside money in the conduct of elections! You guessed it, Evers vetoed that one, too! Earlier this month, the WI Elections Commission denied that the Zuckerbucks amounted to election bribery. The Wisconsin Voter Alliance says it will challenge that ruling in court.