“If an absentee ballot does not have a witness address on it, it’s not valid. That ballot is not valid,” says former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice
County and municipal clerks and poll workers across Wisconsin may have unlawfully altered witness statements on thousands of mail-in ballots, according to “The Dan O’Donnell Show.”
Wisconsin law states that an absentee ballot must be signed by a witness, who must also list his or her address. If an address is not listed, then the ballot is considered invalid and must be returned to the voter to be corrected.
But O’Donnell claims that sources have told him that the clerks and vote counters simply filled out the signatures themselves, potentially invalidating thousands of ballots.
Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman noted the Wisconsin Elections Commission sent a directive to clerks to fill in the witness address themselves, a clear violation of Wisconsin Statute 6.86.
“The statute is very, very clear,” said Gableman, who worked as a poll watcher in Milwaukee on Election Day. “If an absentee ballot does not have a witness address on it, it’s not valid. That ballot is not valid.”
“In defiance of and direct contradiction to the statute, the Wisconsin Elections Commission gave guidance – that is, cover – to all 72 county clerks and turned the statute on his head,” Gableman said.
“They said, ‘Gee, we know the law says an absentee ballot without the witness address is not valid, but county clerk, you have a duty to go ahead and look up on your own the witness’ address if there’s no address on the absentee ballot.”
The implications of this violation are notable given Joe Biden supposedly won the state by about 20,000 votes — a margin of less than 1%.