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Letters to the Editor | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

published May 11, 2024 |

The 2020 election, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, introduced unique challenges that affected nursing home voting, indefinitely confined voter lists, and third-party funding for election administration. Despite these obstacles, meticulous independent audits by both the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and the state’s Legislative Audit Bureau confirmed there was no widespread fraud. Furthermore, it is notable that former President Trump received 51,000 fewer votes in Wisconsin than Republican congressional candidates in the same election.

The persistent claims that the 2020 election was stolen not only lacks a basis in fact but also erodes the foundational trust in our democratic process. Such allegations threaten the unity and confidence that are vital as we approach the 2024 election.

As a former chair of the Wisconsin State Senate’s Committee on Elections and advocate for electoral integrity, I am confident that our state officials, both Republicans and Democrats, are dedicated to ensuring that every vote is counted fairly and transparently.

Looking ahead to 2024, it is crucial that all leaders, regardless of party affiliation, respect the outcomes of our elections. The people of Wisconsin deserve a secure and fair voting process, and I am committed, alongside my fellow Wisconsinites, to guarantee just that.

Kathy Bernier, state director, Keep Our Republic WisconsinBernier, a Republican, served in the Wisconsin state legislature from 2011 to 2023 and earlier was the elected Chippewa County Clerk.