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State lawmaker requests an audit of November election


Eau Claire (WQOW)- The November election is well behind us, but a local lawmaker says it's worth giving the process a second look.

State Representative Kathy Bernier wants an audit of the November election process.

"We've had a number of complaints that really legitimize our need to take a look at what we are doing and why we are doing it," Bernier explains.

One complaint is about some volunteers who allegedly let people vote without the proper registration forms.

"They don't want to turn someone away at the polls and so often times they will accept things that are not acceptable," she says.

Bernier says complaints have been made about people from out of state being driven to Wisconsin to allegedly vote curbside.  In other words, they don't even get out of their car.  She says concerns have also been raised about nursing homes.

"We even have had family members complain that the nursing home staff has pushed them to vote in a certain manner," says Bernier.

She says she hasn't heard of any problems locally and praised the work Donna Austad does as Eau Claire's city clerk.

"A November election, albeit a governor's or presidential, presents challenges simply with the number of people that come out to vote," Austad explains.  "But within the city of Eau Claire, we had no major problems." 

Still, Bernier says an audit is needed no matter where the complaints are coming from in Wisconsin.

"There are far too many accusations and we need to address that," says Bernier.  "We would be derelict of our duties if we didn't at least address what those concerns are."

The Government Accountability Board released a statement this week saying it welcomes a review.  Bernier has been speaking with the Joint Audit Committee and it is still considering if the audit should be granted.  She says she hopes to learn that answer very soon.

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