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Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson (D) Told On Thursday, he fired a city election official accused of sending fraudulently obtained absentee military ballots to the home of a Republican lawmaker who embraced former President Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election — a The revelation that comes just before election day. Wisconsin’s fiercely competitive midterm race.

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Johnson said Kimberly Zapata, deputy director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, was fired for sending ballots to the state representative’s home. Janelle Brantzen (R), who serves as the chair of the legislature’s Assembly Committee on campaigns and elections and claims Trump won Wisconsin in 2020.

fire service Told In a news release on Monday he received three ballots at his home, all addressed to “Holi” and with different surnames, even though no one lived at his address by name.

The legislator said he believed someone mailed the ballots “to point out flaws in our elections”, and Johnson even suggested that Zapata allegedly sent ballots to show that That voter fraud is possible in Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office is now investigating the case to consider possible criminal charges, and Johnson said the city is “looking into the possibility of other misdemeanors”, although it has not yet disclosed other alleged violations. Is.

Zapata, who has been on the election commission for seven years, could not be contacted for comment.

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"It has every form of being a gross, gross breach of trust," Johnson said at a news conference.

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Wisconsin was one of five states that Trump lost in 2020 after taking over in 2016, making it a prime target for its unsubstantiated fraud claims. Zapata's alleged actions appear similar to those of a Racine County man who was charged with multiple felony charges in September for requesting absentee ballots using the names of two elected officials. man, Henry Waite, confessed Wisconsin Public Radio In July he made a "criminal" request to highlight problems with the state's election system.

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Wisconsin's Senate contest (between current Ron Johnson (R) and Democratic challenger Mandela Barnes) and its gubernatorial election (between current Tony Evers (D) and Republican challenger Tim Mitchell) are among the most anticipated midterm races in the country. As of the latest, Johnson has a 3.2-percentage-point voting lead over Barnes, while only 0.2 points ahead of Mitchell Evers. real clear politics Voting average.

Milwaukee Milwaukee Election Commission official Kimberly Zapata fired after fraudulently requesting military ballots, mayor says (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Wisconsin Conservative Group finds 'no evidence of widespread fraud' in 2020 election (Forbes)

Racine County man admits to fraudulent requests for absentee ballots in an attempt to criticize state voting system (Wisconsin Public Radio)