Madison city clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl told state auditors in August that they would be allowed to view election documents and had set up an observation post for them to do so. The clerk’s office received no response, and the state auditors’ report did not state the viewing protocols presented to them, Witzel-Behl later said.
The Senate has launched its own investigation into the 2020 election, with a primary focus on the Audit Bureau report, which found no evidence of widespread fraud or abuse in the 2020 election, but made 48 recommendations to the legislature and committee for improvements in the conduct of elections.
“The Senate subpoena successfully forced the City of Madison to grant auditors access to the documents originally requested,” Adam Gibbs, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, said in an email. “We look forward to reviewing LAB’s final report, which now sets election records from Madison.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, hired former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, a Republican, earlier this year to investigate how elections were conducted, primarily in the state’s five largest cities.
A recount and court rulings have confirmed that President Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump in Wisconsin by nearly 21,000 votes. Four of the roughly 3 million voters who voted have been accused of fraud.