Over 20 expert witnesses testified in front of two committees in Wisconsin’s senate on Dec. 11. The public session heard people speak of allegations of misconduct, irregularities, and fraud.
Several poll workers detailed hostility from others that prevented them from doing their jobs on election night and during the recount.
One witness, Ethan Pease, a former worker who was delivering for the United Mailing Service, alleged he was told that his post office planned to backdate over 100,000 mail-in ballots.
When he asked if he would get in trouble for the missing ballots, an employee responded to him, “‘No I wouldn’t, as long as they’re postmarked for the third.’ And then she hesitated for a moment and said, ‘That’s why they had us do that,’ referring to USPS employees. I didn’t bring any of this to the attention of the supervisors at the USPS at the time, due to what I perceived to be their hostility toward the president and their evident contempt of the law.”
Pease also said he heard the same employees joke to customers. They asked who they voted for, and “referenced throwing the ballots directly in the trash,” if they were for President Donald Trump.
Another witness, Phill Kline, the director of the Amistad Project, said the Center for Tech and Civic Life, which received $350 million from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, reached out to the mayor of Racine in May.
Kline said they donated $100,000 so Racine and five other cities could make a “Wisconsin Safe Election Plan,” which he claims is different from the election plan of the rest of the state. Kline said the new plan viewed voter ID as a “burden to overcome.”
When one witness was asked if he had filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Election Committee, he answered he hadn’t because he had no faith in them.
At times, the hearing got heated between the Republican and Democrat senators.
Several Democrat lawmakers left the hearing early, claiming the 20 minute limit per witness was too short. They said the hearing was a “sham” and “ridiculous.”
The hearing saw more than 20 witnesses.