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Tue Jan 16, 2024, 03:16 PM Jan 2024

Dane Co. judge rules Wolfe legally in position at Wisconsin Elections Commission [View all]

A Dane County judge ruled on Friday that Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe is legally in her position as a holdover despite the expiration of her term last summer and that state law does not compel the body’s six commissioners to appoint a new chief election official.

Since the 2020 election, Republicans in the state have become increasingly hostile to Wolfe, blaming her for numerous perceived flaws in the administration of that election. Many of those complaints involve decisions made by the six appointed commissioners, yet she has become a regular target of the state’s election conspiracy theorists.

Wolfe was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate to a four-year term in 2019. Prior to her term’s expiration, Republican legislators began threatening to vote down her renomination. In a legal maneuver to avoid Senate confirmation, the three Democratic appointees to the Commission abstained from a vote in June to renominate her.

The scheme was taking advantage of a legal precedent created by Republicans when they worked to keep a Republican appointee to the state Natural Resources Board in his position for nearly two years after his term expired in an attempt to retain GOP control of the environmental policy making body.

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