The state Department of Justice will once again be sending out election integrity teams to monitor polling places on Election Day.
Attorney General Brad Schimel announced that staff will be in place to watch for issues such as violations of electioneering laws, misconduct by poll watchers, and whether voters are being wrongfully denied the right to vote. They will also provide assistance to local officials, if it’s asked for.
“Voters in Wisconsin must have faith that when they cast their ballot, the integrity of their vote will be protected,” Schimel said. “Our election integrity teams are well prepared to protect the democratic process in our state on Election Day.”
The DOJ plans to send to assistant attorneys general and special agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation to Brown, Dane, Outagamie, Rock, Milwaukee counties. They will also be in the cities of Eau Claire, Kenosha, La Crosse, Racine, Stevens Point, Waukesha, and Wausau.
The state has been providing election monitors since 2004, when the effort was started by former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager.