Pair of Wisconsin lawmakers raise very different concerns about electoral process in WI, nationwide

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MILWAUKEE/RACINE -- A pair of Wisconsin lawmakers have raised two very different concerns about the electoral process in Wisconsin -- and nationwide.

The concerns mirror what we've heard from some liberal and conservative circles -- on one hand, a desire to make sure voting machines weren't hacked on November 8th. On the other -- a refusal to criticize President-elect Donald Trump's claim that millions of illegal voters cost him the popular vote.

Presidential recount

While the push for a presidential recount in Wisconsin has been led by the Green Party, Senator Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee said he understands the multi-million dollar effort to ensure there was no foreign hack.

Jill Stein files for presidential recount in Wisconsin

Senator Chris Larson

Senator Chris Larson

"Look, I think this is the first time it`s been clear where there`s been Russian hackers and Russian government involved in trying to persuade voters in one camp over another. That`s new ground for America and I think, for us, it makes sense to make sure we`re double-checking that," Larson said.

Mark Thomsen, the chairman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission said there is no evidence of such a breach and no reason to believe Russian hackers altered the results.

"There were meetings with Homeland Security. Prior to that, there hadn`t been any attacks on Wisconsin machines," Thomsen said.

Wisconsin Elections Commission

Wisconsin Elections Commission

Meanwhile, President-elect Trump has raised another concern on Twitter, claiming millions of people voted illegally.

President-elect Donald Trump on Twitter

Senator Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, said the president-elect might not be wrong.

Senator Van Wanggaard

Senator Van Wanggaard

"There could be issues in other states where they`re not as vigilant and they don`t have photo ID, that yes, there could`ve been votes cast," Wanggaard said.

Thomsen said there's no evidence of such widespread voter fraud. He said the notion of clerks letting millions of people vote illegally isn't only unfounded -- it's offensive.

"To say it`s not being fair or people are counting illegal votes, from my vantage point, is an insult to the people that run our elections," Thomsen said.

Ballot machine

Officials with the Wisconsin Elections Commission said they already picked more than 100 reporting units for a random audit of voting machines.

Senator Larson said he plans to pursue a bill next session to increase the amount of audits.


  • Tonto

    Chris Larson is a communist liar ! He’s KNOWS our system was not hacked. This is what democrats do – they obstruct. Anything to keep power. Larson is a communist and he always will be.

  • mrod

    The only hack to be worried about is Chris Larson. This is the same coward who ran away to Illinois….run Chris run!

  • RJRogers

    The idea I think is that foreign hackers could have written code that got into the software used to program the voting machines, and that software was on computers that may have been accessible by internet…far-fetched to be sure, but at least if they recount, then everyone will have reason to trust the system and results more. They should also catch any other kinds of irregularities, like people voting twice or without citizenship. We all care about this, or at least we should. This ain’t a football game, us-against-them-and-hope-they-fail. It’s all of ours, so the govt and prez is better if we can all believe in it. The recount, even if it seems weird, can help get us on the same team.

  • marcus wilson

    Cris Larson is my rep and he makes me sick with his crazy ideas. You had to know that the crazy lefties were going to come out at some point and talk stupid. Hey cris how do you hack a computer that isn’t on line ? I bet it was martians or even possibly time travelers that planted junk into our voting booths. Rod Serling could use your ideas Cris.

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