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Gableman: Voluntary compliance reached with 3 of 5 cities after issuing subpoenas


Former state Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman speaks with FOX 11 on October 5, 2021. (Photo credit: WLUK)
Former state Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman speaks with FOX 11 on October 5, 2021. (Photo credit: WLUK)
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GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The former state Supreme Court justice leading a probe ordered by Assembly Republicans into last November's election says voluntary compliance has been reached with three of Wisconsin's five largest cities after subpoenas started being issued last week.

Mike Gableman tells FOX 11 agreements have been reached with Madison, Racine and Kenosha. He says in exchange for voluntary compliance to provide the information he requested through subpoenas, he will back off the deadlines set in the subpoenas. He says the municipalities are under the understanding that he can still require all information be handed over that was requested in the subpoenas.

Gableman says he would be willing to offer the same deal to Green Bay and Milwaukee officials, but nothing has been reached yet. For now, he says the Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 deadlines stand in the subpoenas issued to those cities.

Understanding turning over the amount of information requested, with the deadlines set, could be burdensome, Gableman says the goal has always been to work with city officials to get the information requested in an agreeable manner. He says those type of agreements are typical in situations involving subpoenas.

Assembly Republicans signed off on spending about $675,000 on the election review.

While a deadline of the end of October had been discussed to complete the review, Gableman has said he will likely need more time.

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Democrats and municipal leaders, including in Green Bay, have called Gableman's review a waste of time and money. Green Bay leaders maintain they did nothing wrong when they accepted grant money to help administer last November's election.

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