Wisconsin nonpartisan audit concludes that elections in the state were 'largely safe and secure' in 2020

An independent audit of Wisconsin found that state elections were "largely safe, secure, and reliable."
Trump, the former President, has called for an audit of elections in the state, even though there is no evidence of fraud.

In Wisconsin, President Biden beat Trump by approximately 20,000 votes.

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According to The Associated Press, a nonpartisan audit of Wisconsin's 2020 presidential results was released Friday. It found no evidence of voter fraud in the swing state. A key GOP legislator stated that the election was "largely secure and safe."

The non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau released a report with new recommendations to the state. These included the development of methods to identify duplicate voter registrations more efficiently and additional training for precinct workers.

Also, the audit revealed that all of the voting machines tested worked correctly.

"Despite concerns about statewide election procedures, this audit showed that the election was generally safe and secure," tweeted Republican state senator Robert Cowles. He is also co-chair of Wisconsin Legislature's Audit Committee which assigned the audit bureau to lead the review. "It is my hope that we will now be able to look at changes in election laws and agency accountability measures in an bipartisan manner, based upon these nonpartisan recommendations."

Trump's former president, Donald Trump, has maintained that there is no evidence that the 2016 presidential election was stolen from him. He warned Wisconsin GOP leaders earlier this year that they would be "primaried” if they did not support an audit of 2020 results in the state.

In Wisconsin, Joe Biden won by approximately 20,000 votes from nearly 3.3million ballots cast last November. There was no evidence to support voter fraud.

Democrats cited the audit results as proof that elections in the state are held securely and without interference.

"The Legislative Audit Bureau report, which was requested to by Republicans is yet another proof that there wasn't widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election," tweeted Ben Wikler (chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin).

Wikler pointed out Gov. Tony Evers emphasized that it was crucial for the Democrat in 2022 to be reelected as a line against Republican attempts to undermine integrity of elections.

He continued, "@GovEvers stands in the way these baseless attacks against our democracy." He is committed to fair and accessible elections, and will veto any legislation that would make it harder for voters to take part in the democratic process.

The Audit Bureau report found that the administration of elections was inconsistent throughout Wisconsin. It made 30 recommendations to the Wisconsin Elections Commission for evaluation.

Republican state senator Kathy Bernier is the current chair of the Senate Elections Committee. She stated in a statement, "The audit did not reveal any substantial or organized attempt at voter Fraud," but called election administration in the state "sloppy."

She continued, "The Wisconsin Elections Commission should be forced to follow the rulemaking process." "I have repeatedly told them this by my fellow legislators, but they seem to have forgotten the message." We will take further steps."

Samantha Kerkman, a Republican state representative, was the other Audit cochair. She stated that the report would give a blueprint for the legislature to implement existing election laws that had been "ignored."

She stated in a statement that "It is crucial that we restore trust to our elections process."

Meagan Wolfe (Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator) told The Associated Press that they were still reviewing the audit findings and would be drafting their response.