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A judge has found that the Republican-led, taxpayer-funded investigation of the 2020 election did not find widespread voter fraud.

The probe found “absolutely no evidence of election fraud,” according to one Dane County judge. That same judge also found Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, hired to lead the investigation, in contempt for failing to turn over records related to the election probe.

The Legislature’s probe lasted more than a year, until Vos fired Gableman Aug. 12 and withdrew outstanding subpoenas. It is estimated that the Legislature’s investigation and related legal expenses cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

Reports and reviews by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau, The Associated Press, the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and post-election partial recounts in Dane and Milwaukee counties found no widespread fraud and confirmed Joe Biden’s win in Wisconsin.


AP News: Judge: Wisconsin probe found ‘absolutely no’ election fraud

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: ‘An incompetent circus’: Michael Gableman’s 2020 election review reaches 1 year and the $1 million mark with little to show

Politico: Wisconsin Assembly leader axes 2020 election investigation after beating Trump-backed primary challenger

Wisconsin Public Radio: Legislative Reference Bureau: Elections Administration

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty: Report summary: a review of the 2020 election

AP News: Completed Wisconsin recount confirms Biden’s win over Trump

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Erin Gretzinger joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism and French major at UW-Madison and will graduate in spring 2023. Erin previously worked for the Wisconsin State Journal as a reporting intern and served as the 2021-22 editor-in-chief at The Badger Herald. She is a recipient of the Jon Wolman Scholarship, the Sigrid Schultz Scholarship and the Joseph Sicherman Award Fund for her academic and reporting work.