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Gov. Evers Expects 'Harebrained Charge' At Legislative Hearing On Wisconsin's Election

Chuck Quirmbach
The polling place at Burleigh Elementary School in Brookfield, Nov. 3, 2020.

Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is expressing doubts about a state legislative hearing scheduled for Friday. Two Republican-led committees plan to take invited testimony on the Nov. 3 election. 

Official results show Presiden-elect Joe Biden carried Wisconsin by about 21,000 votes over President Donald Trump. But repeatedly in court and now in the Legislature, some in the GOP are questioning the result.

Thursday, while speaking to the news media, Evers described what he expects at Friday’s session: "You know, it's going to be the same old crap, frankly. It's going to be people coming in without direct knowledge, giving some kind of harebrained charge that can't be validated."

Evers said one result of the hearing may be some people deciding not to vote in future elections.

"Every time we do something like this, as a country, as a state, as individuals, we're taking more people out of the system. They're going to say, 'This is crazy. I'm not going to vote anymore,’ " he says.

For now, though, it's the chairperson of the Assembly committee holding the hearing, who's promising not to vote absentee in person in next spring's election. Rep. Ron Tusler (R-Harrison) says he no longer believes that what's known as the early vote is being conducted legally in Wisconsin.

Tusler told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he expects new information at the hearing, as to whether Biden carried the state last month.

Chuck Quirmbach joined WUWM in August 2018. He focuses his longform stories on health, innovation, science, technology, transportation, utilities and business.
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