The Wisconsin Elections Commission plans to meet next week to consider filing a lawsuit against a Racine County man who ordered mail-in ballots on behalf of a top state lawmaker and other voters in what he says is an effort to expose vulnerabilities in Wisconsin’s electoral system.
In a letter to state officials posted on video-sharing platform Rumble, Harry Wait – the chairman of a group called Honest, Open and Transparent Government – said he went online this week and had successfully ordered mail-in ballots on behalf of Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin. Vos, Racine Mayor Cory Mason and other voters to demonstrate the “ease of harvesting ballots online.”
Wait, whose group has focused on allegations of fraud surrounding the 2020 election, said he was prepared “to be charged with exposing these voting vulnerabilities”.
He has explained his actions in multiple media interviews in recent days.
“If that’s what it takes to stop the fraud in our elections, so we can have real, safe and secure elections, yes, I will go behind bars,” Wait told WISN 12 News, affiliated with CNN, in Milwaukee.
Submitting false information to obtain an absentee ballot and making false statements to election officials are crimes under Wisconsin law. Democrats on the Wisconsin Elections Commission called on the panel to make a criminal dismissal at an emergency meeting Thursday night.
Ann Jacobs, a Democratic member of the commission, said she was ‘outraged’ that Wait ‘thinks this is a cute thing, when he is committing crimes and bragging about them in an effort to undermine our electoral system’ .
Don Millis, the Republican chairman of the commission, said he had “no problem” making a criminal reference, but would like more details first.
In a statement released earlier Thursday, the commission said there was “no indication of vulnerability” in MyVote, the state’s online election portal. Its members agreed to notify voters who may have been affected by the intrusion, and the commission issued guidelines for local election clerks to watch for potential fraud in mail-in ballot applications.
Wisconsin’s primary election is on Aug. 9, with high-stakes races for governor and the U.S. Senate on the ballot.