A majority of states empower an elected official, most often the elected Secretary of State, to oversee elections. Amy would like Wisconsin to look at a wide range of policy options to utilize this constitutional office that is directly accountable to the voters to ensure election integrity and transparency and help restore elections confidence.
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There may be only a few remaining duties in the office of Secretary of State, but they are important. Amy wants to modernize the office by implementing fast, secure, electronic processes and providing responsive customer service.
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As your Secretary of State, Amy would serve on the 3-member Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) which oversees more than $1.4 billion in Trust Fund assets and 76,000 acres of School Trust Lands. Amy will work to maximize BCPL assets so they benefit Wisconsin for years to come.
You have spoken about the need for integrity in the Wisconsin elections process and the need to restore voter confidence.
What’s wrong with the process? Regardless of what anyone feels about the 2020 election results, the way the current Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) administered that election has raised serious questions and doubts about how it was managed.
Even Wisconsin’s non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau has said some actions taken were inconsistent with state law and administrative rules. WEC is broken and must be replaced. No one in the WEC office is accountable to the voters and that needs to change. What can you do as Secretary of State to make that change? Currently, Wisconsin’s Secretary of State Office doesn’t have any election authority.
According to the Institute for Reforming Government, thirty-three states give elected officials oversight of their election process and twenty-five of those utilize their Secretary of State to do so. Wisconsin is not one of them; it should be.
As Secretary of State, I would advocate for a new model of overseeing and administering elections in Wisconsin that puts election integrity and transparency at the forefront, follows Wisconsin election law to the letter and provides top-notch training and support to our local election officials. This makes the Secretary of State’s office directly accountable to the voters every four years unlike the current WEC system.
What is the biggest problem with elections in Wisconsin right now? People have legitimate questions about how our elections are and were conducted and they don’t feel like they are getting the answers or corrective responses they are seeking. Some of the issues that need to be addressed include the use of ballot drop boxes, the absentee voting system, and the practice of ballot harvesting.