The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on June 10 that six lawmakers sent Assembly Speaker Robin Vos a letter Wednesday seeking permission to travel to Phoenix on Friday, observe the recount of ballots in Maricopa County and return to Wisconsin on Saturday.
Rep. Janel Brandtjen said in the letter that the group wants to observe a large-scale recount process. A group called Voices & Votes, which describes itself as an organization that protects free speech from cancel culture, will pay for the trip, she said.
A Vos spokeswoman said the speaker has approved the request.
Wisconsin’s 2020 election saw recounts in Dane and Milwaukee counties, the state’s two most populous counties. The results confirmed Joe Biden defeated then-President Donald Trump in the state. Nevertheless, Vos recently hired former police officers to review Wisconsin’s ballots and election process.
The Maricopa County review has drawn criticism from around the country. The county’s Republican-led board of supervisors called the review a "sham" last month.
A cybersecurity firm called Cyber Ninjas is conducting the review. The firm has no history of auditing elections. Workers are examining ballots using microscopes and ultraviolet lights. One official overseeing the project has said they’re looking for traces of bamboo to support a theory that 40,000 ballots were smuggled into Arizona from Asia.
Wisconsin Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach said that Republicans are "nuts."
"I hope they bring their tinfoil hats," he said.
Continuing coverage of the Arizona election audit:
- Arizona GOP election audit draws out-of-state Republican politicians
- Key firm drops out of Arizona GOP's 2020 election recount
- It's not just Arizona: Push to review 2020 ballots spreads
- Arizona audit of 2020 election resumes after weeklong hiatus
- Experts or ‘grifters’? Little-known firm runs Arizona's controversial election audit
- Maricopa County officials tell Arizona Senate to keep files, threatens lawsuit
- Cyber Ninjas officials release policies amid controversial Maricopa County election audit
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