To Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, the Racine County man who fraudulently sought d absentee ballots to prove voter fraud exists, should not be prosecuted.
As a substitute, Johnson stated Harry Wait ought to be referred to as a “white hat hacker” for “trying to show a vulnerability” within the system overseen by the Wisconsin Elections Fee.
“There was no malign intent to what he did,” Johnson informed reporters Tuesday, at an occasion in Milwaukee targeted on border safety.
Requested if Wait ought to face felony expenses, Johnson stated “I certainly wouldn’t prosecute whatever he did. I appreciate what he did. I think he did the public a service showing a vulnerability that obviously WEC isn’t concerned about.”
Wait, a frontrunner of a Racine County-based group often known as H.O.T. Authorities that promotes false claims of voter fraud within the 2020 election, and others submitted false information to obtain absentee ballots to show violations of the law are possible.
Amongst these whose ballots the group went for have been Meeting Speaker Robin Vos and Racine Mayor Cory Mason.
Wait went into the MyVote system and requested that the absentee ballots for Vos and Mason be despatched to his tackle.
Johnson stated Wait’s actions ought to have led WEC officers to shut down that operate on the web system.
WEC didn’t reply to the most recent report, as a substitute pointing to a earlier assertion from WEC Administrator Megan Wolfe.
Wolfe stated, partially, “Intentionally using someone else’s identity to subvert the system does not demonstrate a flaw with MyVote, but rather a flaw with that person’s conduct.”
A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Justice stated the investigation is “ongoing.”
Wait stated in a phone interview he submitted knowledge to the Lawyer Basic’s workplace.
“I guess I’m waiting to see what the response is going to be,” he stated.
Wait stated Johnson’s feedback “sound pretty complimentary considering you have to break a law to get attention from WEC.”
In July, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling revealed he was conscious of Wait’s plot, however blamed state elections officers for not having a safe absentee poll system.
The Schmaling’s workplace later launched an announcement saying he requested an investigation by the Lawyer Basic because the matter was “a state-wide problem with state-wide implications.”
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