Republican politicians and activists have long expressed concerns about absentee voting after showing that the current process for requesting and verifying absentee ballots is ripe for abuse and fraud.
One election official in Milwaukee was fired and may face criminal charges for showing how easy it is to obtain absentee ballots fraudulently.
Kimberly Zapata, the deputy director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, requested absentee ballots that members of the military use to vote and sent them to Republican Elections Committee chairwoman Janel Brandtjen.
Zapata requested the ballots using the names of servicemembers who do not exist.
The Elections Commission Director believes that Zapata was trying to show that absentee ballots can be requested without photo identification or even cross-referencing the person with a voter registration database.
She was fired by Milwaukee’s Democrat mayor, Cavalier Johnson.
District Attorney John Chisholm said that charges against Zapata will be filed ‘in the coming days’.
The Citizen Free Press Reports–
HOLY S***: Kimberly Zapata, the deputy director of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission has just been fired for committing election fraud by obtaining fake military ballots and sending them to Assembly Elections Committee chairwoman Janel Brandtjen.
— Dan O'Donnell (@DanODonnellShow) November 3, 2022
A Milwaukee election official could face criminal charges accusing her of fraudulently requesting absentee ballots reserved for members of the military and sending them to a Republican lawmaker to prove how easy it is to defraud the Wisconsin election system.
Milwaukee Election Commission deputy director Kimberly Zapata, 44, of South Milwaukee, was fired by Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson this week after Johnson discovered she had requested the ballots.
Johnson said Zapata said she committed the crime to show voter fraud was possible.
“This has every appearance of being an egregious and blatant violation of trust,” Johnson said. “Election integrity is absolutely integral. It’s absolutely essential.” Milwaukee County prosecutors are considering charging Zapata with malfeasance in office, a felony, and illegally requesting a ballot, a misdemeanor.
District Attorney John Chisholm said in a statement his office is reviewing the election fraud allegations and that prosecutors “expect charges to be filed in the coming days.”