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In Wisconsin, running elections is the responsibilityof both political parties. Each party is allowed to submit a list of their poll workers to each municipal clerk, and the clerk is required by law to use the names on that list. Poll Workers are still the first line of defense for fair elections! We each need to do our part to make sure our elections are secure.
A message from RPW Chairman Brian Schimming on early voting:
Why now? It’s simple: the law is on the books, and we can’t keep going into Election Day 200,000 votes down — and expect to make it up within 13 hours. An important statistic: we’ve had 11 statewide elections in the last 23 years that have been decided by 30,000 votes or less. Over the years, and certainly more so since the pandemic, people of all political stripes have adjusted toward voting early – and we need to have an effective, safe, and secure EV program to increase our numbers and win.
Even the Democrats have taken notice of RPW's growing effort. They know that when Republicans not only vote on Election Day, but maximize our early vote, the math doesn’t come out in their favor. Just last month, the state Democratic Chairman said “for a number of elections we’ve had this unusual advantage where the Republican Party was intentionally leaving tools on the table…Republicans are getting their act together.”
It’s a comprehensive effort: persuasion on the front end, voter registration, pushing early vote, “ballot chase,” — our efforts will include multiple methods including doors, email, calls, texts, social media digital efforts, among them — to maximize turnout.
The good news: we know how to do this, but it needs to be expanded dramatically to be candid. Why? Every nickel, dime, and dollar we can save by convincing “our voters” to vote early allows us to reallocate dollars to turning out “mid” or “low propensity,” independent, and “new” voters. It’s about growing and expanding our conservative base. This includes outreach and contacting communities large and small, senior centers, campuses, tech colleges, wherever voters may be – meeting them where they are.
The fact is, we know how to do this right, and have shown it in races like Ron Johnson’s hard-fought reelection. And thanks to our work together, Republicans had the highest off-year conservative voter turnout in the state’s 169-year history this past Spring.
The rollout naming Wisconsin the first state went really well. Some of the coverage can be seen here:
Center Square, Benjamin Yount: Republicans embrace early voting in Wisconsin, Democrats snicker
Wisconsin Daily Star, Matt Kittle: RNC, Wisconsin Republican Party Launching "Bank Your Vote" Early Voting Campaign
WisPolitics, Kate Morton: RNC taps Wisconsin for first early voting initiative
We're continuing our crucial Election Integrity and legal efforts as well. The RPW scored a number of legal victories in court throughout the last two years: banning drop boxes and ensuring "indefinitely confined" is not misused by big city Dem clerks, to name a few. And just a few weeks ago, the Democrat Green Bay clerk, who we went to court and obtained an injunction against when our poll watchers were blocked from observing voting processes, now backed down from going to a September trial to fight us. We'll expand our on-site presence with volunteers, staff, and attorneys to ensure the law is followed. Not sometimes, but every single time.
Ballot Security: We are expanding our ballot security operation as well. We successfully grew the number of GOP "Poll Workers" from 1,000 to 5,000 last year – a record-breaking 500% increase! And this year, I'm looking to recruit even more poll workers to ensure there are even more eyes throughout our election. In addition to covering the whole state, we'll be able to focus on known "hot spots."
And about "Poll Watchers:" We know how to reach out and mobilize fast. We must have GOP "Eyes on the Prize" at every voting location in Wisconsin. For the last election, we deployed 46 field people in ten days, recruited 4,200 volunteers, and had 1.5 million contacts. With our already established 72 counties' networks and coalition allies, we can do what it takes to ensure every step of the voting and counting process is observed.
This is a broad overview of what's to come. We need all hands on deck for statewide success. That's why we're doing it. It's why Ron Johnson and our state leadership are asking for your help in our expanded effort.”
Click Links Below To Learn About
Election Integrity Efforts/Lawsuits
Election Integrity Efforts By Wisconsin Voter Alliance
Wisconsin Republicans Introduce Measures To Withdraw State From ERIC, Ban ‘Zuckbucks’ In Elections
WILL Wins Lawsuit Over Illegal Voter Registration Form | Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (will-law.org)
Wisconsin officials blocked from using federal voter registration form
Wisconsin lawmakers consider text messages for absentee ballots
Proposed Constitutional Amendments to Secure Wisconsin Elections Get Public Hearing
August 9, 2023
RNC, RPW, and RITE PAC Move to Intervene in Wisconsin Election Integrity Lawsuit
WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC), Republican Party of Wisconsin (RPW), and RITE PAC moved to intervene in the Wisconsin election integrity case Priorities USA v. Wisconsin Elections Commission.
“Wisconsin election integrity is under attack from far left dark-money groups bent on destroying basic voting safeguards, so the RNC, RPW, and RITE are legally intervening to ensure that Wisconsinites can have faith in their election process. As Democrats compete to see who can launch the most self-serving and frivolous attack on election integrity, Republicans remain committed to protecting your vote in the Badger State and nationwide.” – RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
"Despite the schemes of overtly far-left groups like Law Forward and the Elias Group, the Republican Party of Wisconsin will continue to ensure Wisconsin voters have full confidence in our elections. While Democrats attempt to undo common sense voting measures like requiring witness signatures on absentee ballots, we will continue to fight back against Democrat efforts to undermine safeguards every step of the way. Having safeguards in our elections should be a bipartisan issue; Wisconsinites in every corner of the state want fair and transparent elections." — RPW Chairman Brian Schimming
Democrats have suffered numerous election law losses in Wisconsin over the past year, and this newest lawsuit is a cynical attempt to stop their downward spiral.
Marc Elias is partnering with far-left dark money groups to try and get rid of basic, common-sense election safeguards that the majority of folks support.
This is the kind of self-serving legal chicanery that led the White House to cut ties with Elias. As one of Biden’s allies recently shared with the press, “[Elias] has created a legal strategy he has convinced people is a political strategy, that it is actually a business strategy.”
Specifically, this lawsuit wants to get rid of witnesses for signing an absentee ballot, destroy basic deadlines to cure ballots, and flood the state with unmonitored absentee ballot drop boxes.
Democrats think that the recent election of a liberal Supreme Court justice in Wisconsin means that they can throw precedent and the rule of law out the window.
Wisconsinites deserve basic election integrity, not out-of-state dark money groups trying to make voting less secure and less transparent. The RNC has defeated these same lawyers bringing similar cases in other states.
When it comes to election law, Democrats have no substance to stand on, just hysterical left-wing talking points. Last cycle, the RNC and its partners secured numerous key election law wins in Wisconsin, including:
Teigen vs. Wisconsin Elections Commission, which banned ballot drop boxes and restricted ballot harvesting.
White vs. Wisconsin Elections Commission, which banned clerks from completing witness signature requirements that voters have to do themselves
DeLorey vs. City of Green Bay, which protected access for Republican election observers
Instead of competing fair and square at the ballot box, Democrats are trying to undo these decisions and destroy the rules of the road before 2024.
The RNC is involved in 50 active election integrity lawsuits in 16 states and will continue to fight Democrat election schemes in courtrooms across the country.
Read the RNC’s full intervention here.