Racine County Sheriff files CRIMINAL referrals against election officials in Wisconsin

by Summer Lane

Sheriff Christopher Schmaling of Racine County, Wis., has taken another major step forward in the battle against election fraud in his state.

Sheriff Schmaling announced on Wednesday that he had filed five criminal referrals against election commissioners in Racine, alleging that they may have seriously violated state voting and balloting laws in Wisconsin during the 2020 presidential election.

These criminal referrals, which have been brought to the Racine County District Attorney Patricia Hanson, are partially a response to the failure of Attorney General Josh Gaul to kick-start a statewide investigation of election irregularities in Wisconsin, which Sheriff Schmaling and his office strongly called for in October, following a press conference that detailed evidence of reported election fraud and elder voting abuse in Racine County.

In the initial press conference, Schmaling revealed shocking accounts of election fraud, detailing harrowing evidence of election commissioners conspiring to “not follow the law” and instructing “country clerks to break the law.” While their motivations are unclear, one thing is certain: The evidence brought against the Wisconsin Election Commission are extremely serious, and it is confounding that the WI Attorney General refuses to initiate an investigation.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office formally responded to AG Gaul’s lack of involvement in the case in a Facebook post on Nov. 3, detailing the specific charges being recommended for each commissioner involved in the alleged election fraud:

Based upon the failure of Attorney General Josh Kaul to initiate a statewide investigation, I have forwarded charging recommendations to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office for their review. The recommended charges are for Commissioners Margaret Bostelmann, Julie Glancey, Ann Jacobs, Dean Knudson, and Mark Thomsen.

The recommended charges are the same for each commissioner, and include:

• Misconduct in Public Office in violation of Wis. Stat. § 946.12(2) (Felony)

• Election Fraud – Election Official Assisting with Violations in violation of Wis. Stat. § 12.13(2)(b)7 (Felony)

• Party to the Crime of Election Fraud – Receive Ballot Non-Election Official in violation of Wis. Stat. § 12.13(3)(n) (Misdemeanor)

• Party to the Crime of Election Fraud – Illegal Ballot Receipt in violation of Wis. Stat. § 12.13(3)(p) (Misdemeanor)

• Party to the Crime of Election Fraud – Solicit Assistance in violation of Wis. Stat. § 12.13(3)(s) (Misdemeanor)

The reasons for the recommended charges were clearly explained during the Oct. 28, 2021, news conference and in the supporting documentation.

However, Wisconsin has been a hotbed of allegations of election fraud over the past year, ranging from violations of vote tabulation due to problematic ballots to dubious allegations of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s election interference in the state (which is consequently being investigated by the Wisconsin Senate).

Further, a new report from the Legislative Audit Bureau found that 44,272 illegal and “indefinitely confined” votes without voter ID were counted in the 2020 presidential election. Even worse, a seven percent sample cited ballots with missing information, which is against Georgia state election law, resulting in 32,431 illegal ballots.

The level of fraud is astounding and especially impactful, in light of the fact that Joe Biden only netted a presidential victory in Wisconsin by a narrow margin of 20,000 votes.

Sheriff Schmaling and his office seem to be the lone wolves of election integrity in Racine County, and so far, their serious investigation and hard evidence of what went on during the 2020 presidential election has failed to pique the interest of the Attorney General, despite the seriousness of the potential charges and criminality being ascribed to what appear to be highly corrupted election officials.

What will it take for AG Kaul to make a move to restore voter confidence in Wisconsin? The voters of Wisconsin, and the people of the United States, are waiting and watching to find out.

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