I have a plan to fix the office of Secretary of State, add value, and deliver real results and I’m excited to share my ideas and earn the support of voters across Wisconsin.
BUSINESS CLASS SERVICES
Only a few duties remain in the office of Secretary of State such authentication of documents for international adoptions or court, but they are important. I want to modernize the office by implementing fast, secure, electronic processes and providing real customer service.
BACK TO BASICS
As Secretary of State, I will work with the Legislative and Executive branches to restore traditional SOS duties to this constitutional office such as elections functions, filing of deeds, and keeping state records.
ASSET TO BCPL
As one of three commissioners on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL), I will work to protect and maximize the $1.4 billion in Trust Fund assets and 76,000 acres of School Trust Lands 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 or responsibilities. But there are numerous tasks related to elections administration that could be placed in the office of Secretary of State that are ministerial in nature (such as maintaining the voter rolls or conducting training and outreach).
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. As Secretary of State, I would advocate for a new model of overseeing and administering elections in Wisconsin and would encourage lawmakers 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.