State Auditor Joe Chrisman said the Audit Office will consider Wolfe’s testimony and any formal response from the commission when determining any further steps or updates to the report.
Madison City attorney Mike Haas also criticized what he called an “inferior report” from the Audit Office and said many of the challenges the WEC and local election officials face stem from a lack of time and resources, needs that have been greatly amplified by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“If you want the perfect election, you have to fund it the way you want it,” Haas said.
Spring Green Town Clerk Vicki Terpstra also criticized the Legislature for not meeting for months last year despite concerns from state election officials as they tried to overcome the challenges created by the pandemic.
“I feel like I’m being persecuted for doing my best in a lousy situation with little help from the people who represent me,” Terpstra said.
A bipartisan group of more than 50 election officials on Monday sent a letter, organized by the Non-partisan Center for Electoral Research and Innovation, to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, expressing support for Wolfe and calling at the end of the politicization of Wisconsin electoral process.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the centre’s executive director David Becker said repeated challenges to the 2020 election results and attacks on election officials in states like Wisconsin are eroding public confidence in the election. democracy, which he said “will take decades to fix, if we’re able to fix it at all.”