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Rep. Brandtjen questions new Elections 101 lessons from Electoral Commission | Wisconsin

ByChad J. Johnson

Sep 28, 2022

(The Center Square) — One of the Madison Republican lawmakers who keeps asking the Wisconsin Elections Commission questions isn’t impressed with the commission’s new lessons for children.

The Electoral Commission this week launched what it calls Election 101 lessons for Wisconsin high school students.

“The launch of the WEC video series is a direct response to the public’s increased need for information about Wisconsin’s electoral system,” the commission said in a statement. “The four-part video series provides an overview of Wisconsin’s election administration system, as well as a deeper look at the fundamentals of voting, such as registration, voting by mail, voting at the ballot box, and how Wisconsin provides election security. ”

“It’s ironic that the WEC thinks it can deliver a clear legal message to students because the WEC still doesn’t have a clear message for clerks,” Rep. Janel Brandtjen said at The Center Square on Wednesday.

Brandtjen has been a frequent and outspoken critic of the Electoral Commission. She conducted a survey of the WEC after the 2020 election.

Brandtjen said the election commission already had enough to do. She wonders why the WEC is moving into classrooms.

“[According to] from the Legislative Audit Office, 17% of city clerks had not completed all the training to run elections,” Brandtjen explained. “And WEC staff were not contacting the governing bodies of court clerks who had not completed their training.”

This report of the Audit Office tore up the Electoral Commission for dozens of deficiencies.

Three of the four lessons are simple. The first provides an overview of how elections and election security work in the state. The second talks about who can vote in Wisconsin. The third encourages teachers to “build a Socratic seminary” around the issue of lowering the voting age in the state. The fourth “helps students answer the questions ‘How can I participate civically in my community?’ and ‘How do we organize elections in my community?’

Brandtjen said the WEC should do the job given to it by lawmakers before expanding.

“Given that guidelines and the law often conflict with the WEC, perhaps a single legal message to clerks would be the best value for taxpayers,” she added.