Former White House Chief of Staff Raines Prius responded on Twitter late Wednesday to the Wisconsin election situation.
At a special session that lasted more than five hours, Democrats from the state election commission tried to change the counting guidelines after the Trump 2020 campaign submitted a petition to review the state’s votes in Dane and Milwaukee counties.
“Let’s make it clear,” Priebus wrote. “Trump’s campaign sent an election commission to Wis. $ 3 million and filed his petition for the census. Then did the WEC immediately convene a special meeting to change some of the census rules that deal with the issues raised in the petition? You can̵
The meeting in the state capital, Madison, turned into a “guerrilla struggle,” with three Republicans and three Democrats arguing over how officials should conduct the census amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
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Democrats said the changes they proposed would bring the guidelines in line with current U.S. law, while Republicans said no guidelines should be changed after Trump’s campaign was filed, according to the Associated Press.
Controversial points include how to determine whether absentee ballots were issued illegally and how far the census observers should be located, the Journal Sentinel report said.
The two sides finally agreed to start the count on Friday early and complete it by December 1st so that the state can verify the results, the newspaper reported.
At one point, Republican Commissioner Bob Spindel expressed concern about the counties in Dane County (Madison’s home) and Milwaukee County (home of the state’s largest city), noting that in Milwaukee County, most polling stations were closed due to the outbreak of the virus.
“I don’t think we can necessarily trust Dane County or Milwaukee adventurers, especially since they reduced 180 polling stations to five horrible polling stations for the April election, which created all sorts of problems, including vote suppression,” Spindel said. , according to the newspaper.
Democrat Commissioner Julie Glancy then accused Spindel of “hitting the Democrats”.
“That’s ridiculous,” she told Spindle. “All of you and Dean.” [GOP Commissioner Dean Knudesen] keep talking about these evil Democrats doing something bad so that these honest, hard-working Republicans can’t see what’s going on – and I’m tired of it. “
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Pribus, 48, was born in New Jersey but is no stranger to Wisconsin politics. After moving to a Midwestern family with his family as a child, Priebus later attended the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and served as a clerk on the education committee of the Wisconsin State Assembly, the State Court of Appeals and its Supreme Court.
Priebus eventually became chairman of the Republican National Committee, serving from January 2011 until a six-month stay at the White House after Trump took office in January 2017. He was succeeded as chief of staff by John Kelly in July. this year.
He has since returned to private practice.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.