What the Dems aren't telling you about Wisconsin

From the Howie Hawkins/Angela Walker 2020 campaign:

Well, we finally made the mainstream media, but while 2016 was all about slandering Stein/Baraka as Russian assets, this year it's that Howie and Angela are tools of the Republican Party that are denying people in Wisconsin their absentee ballots.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  The Green Party's track record as being the party of election integrity is clear.  We are the ones regularly pressing for integrity from elections authorities around the country.  We are the ones pushing to replace bad voting machines with auditable paper ballots and ending voter suppression via racist voter ID laws and party suppression.

The simple solution in Wisconsin is for the Democrats to immediately stop playing games and using delaying tactics to prevent voters from being able to support third-party candidates, get new ballots printed that include Howie and Angela as a choice, and send them out. Both major parties collude to boost their own electoral chances in a myriad of ways and deny voters' and candidates' major rights.

So what exactly is happening in Wisconsin?  Here's a quick run-down:

  • When we realized that Angela Walker's change of address could become an issue, we took it upon ourselves to inform the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
  • After three different sets of instructions over three days, the commission staff finally instructed us to include a notarized statement of candidacy with Angela's new address when we filed the petitions...which we completed to the letter.
  • The state law only accepts a maximum of 4,000 signatures to be submitted for a minimum of 2,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot.  We actually collected nearly 6,000.  The staff of the Board of Elections found that more than 3,000 of the signatures were valid.
  • A challenge was filed against our petitions, claiming that the change of address invalidated many of them, which conveniently brought us to below 2,000 signatures.
  • None of the signatures were actually ruled invalid.
  • We were summoned to a hearing with the Elections Commission, during which we were restricted from offering testimony that pointed out the breakdown in process from the commission staff.  Our rights of due process were severely restricted by the chair of the commission, a Democrat appointee.
  • The attorney representing the Democratic challenger huddled with the chair of the commission before the hearing to agree on how to restrict our testimony.
  • The commission ended up being deadlocked on the validity of the signatures, which means that they are presumed to be valid.
  • The commission did uphold the challenge to Angela's address.
  • Because of these irregularities, we decided to sue.  Because of the time constraints before absentee ballots were to be printed, we sued in the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
  • It took time to find an attorney that would represent us, and every Democrat-aligned attorney we contacted ignored us.
  • The Court ordered the Wisconsin Elections Commission to provide a list of everyone who has requested an absentee ballot, as well as a list of everyone who has actually received one.  That list was due last Tuesday at 5 pm CDT.
  • As of our last information, the Elections Commission was not able to provide those lists to the Court.  They reported in the media that they were only able to find out information about some of the counties.
  • Yesterday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that NO county has actually mailed out an absentee ballot.

The Democrats are telling the media that they've mailed out thousands of ballots, when really county elections officials printed mailing labels and count these as "sent."  This is pure spin and a departure from the truth.  They are waging a media battle against us to cover up their own failure to respect the democratic process and to ensure that accurate data was available on demand.

How can we trust that our elections will be fair, when the process is used as a soccer ball between the two ruling parties?

The delay is actually coming from the Democrats, not this campaign or the Green Party.  If they would have allowed us to offer a proper testimony in the hearing, they would have been compelled to deny the challenge.  If they would have accurate information on county elections data at their fingertips as they should have, there would be no delay.

Further, we have never had any conversations with the state GOP.  They are not directing our legal actions.  We are compelled by the wishes of nearly 6,000 Wisconsinites who want to see the Green Party on the ballot.

We will not back down from our position that Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker should be placed on the ballot without further delay.  Our signatures are solid, the paperwork is in order, and in the interest of serving democracy, the Democrats should abandon the spin and misinformation and step aside so that absentee ballots can be sent out.

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  • Sun Farm Kitchens
    commented 2020-09-14 11:21:40 -0500
    The greens might not have been dealt with entirely fairly in this matter. But it’s hard to imagine, given that they are not a contender this year, anything that would justify jeopardizing mail-in ballots and throwing the election to Trump. Given the GOP track record on Green issues vs the dems support for green new deal, surely a party truly committed to Green values would step back and do what’s best for this election. Receiving direct aid from republicans in this matter kinda removes the legitimacy of your claims. I vote green in canada, but I would be done with Green party in USA for good if factchecking the “2 week delayed challenge” turns out to be true.
  • Märtin Hœrnüng
    commented 2020-09-14 01:13:23 -0500
    You folks are playing dirty politics and doing your damndest to get Trump re-elected. You waited for a whole damn two weeks just to derail this process in trump’s favor.

    You’d rather see the USA destroyed if you don’t get your way.

    You’re a bunch of goddamned traitors.
  • Magess
    commented 2020-09-13 14:56:46 -0500
    I’ve seen in two different articles that the WI Elections Commission gave the campaign the opportunity to confirm the address move, but they didn’t and after 2 weeks the Supreme Court case was filed.

    “If they had just sent an email confirming that they had moved, they would be on the ballot right now,” McDonell said. “We could have added the Green Party and it would have been fine, and that’s not still true today. The fact that the Green Party took two weeks to file — I don’t even know what to say about that.” – Washington Post

    What actually happened in that two weeks that this guy thinks could have been fixed by an email?