MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have barred a nonprofit group from repeating its practice of giving millions of dollars to more than 200 Wisconsin communities to help them run elections.
The Center for Tech and Civic Life gave money to cities around the country last year using $350 million from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. The effort riled Republicans because most of the money in Wisconsin — $8.8 million out of $10.6 million — went to the state’s five largest cities, where Democratic voters are concentrated.
Assembly Bill 173 would have prohibited local governments from accepting donations to help run elections from the center or other private groups. Any donations to the state for conducting elections would have to be equally distributed to local governments based on their populations.
Here’s what this allows… local election officials can essentially outsource the running of an election to the highest bidder. In lefty-land, this means doing what they did in Green Bay. The mayor literally handed the keys to the election boxes over to an unelected liberal interest group to “help” run the election and count the ballots. Theoretically, it means that a conservative elected official could hand over the election process to WILL or MacIver Institute to “help” run the election and count the ballots. This completely violates the principle that elected people who are accountable to the voters are in charge of our elections.
These things don’t happen in a vacuum and elections have consequences. Evers is up for reelection next year and is clearly doing everything he can to ensure that his supporters can cheat as much as possible. I hope the Republicans have an answer.