The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate voted to fire the head of the state’s elections agency on Thursday, citing the need to restore citizens’ trust in the electoral process following Wisconsin’s messy 2020 election.
“Wisconsinites have expressed concerns with the administration of elections both here in Wisconsin and nationally,” Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, a Republican, said. “We need to rebuild faith in Wisconsin’s elections.”
The dispute over the confirmation of Meagan Wolfe, the administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), began earlier this summer when the WEC “deadlocked and did not pass a motion to reappoint Wolfe to another four-year term.” While the commission’s three Republican members voted to re-nominate Wolfe, the body’s three Democrats abstained.
In Wisconsin, the WEC is responsible for overseeing the administration