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Green Bay city attorney releases 19-page report on November election

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GREEN BAY (WLUK) – Green Bay City Attorney Vanessa Chavez has released a 19-page report detailing the November 2020 election.

A little over a month ago, Chavez told the city council she would be releasing a report in response to questions about the integrity of the election from conservatives, including Republican state lawmakers.

In the report, Chavez recommits to the city’s stance that it did nothing wrong when it conducted the election, including the use of a $1.6 million private grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life. She concludes the report by saying, “No allegations of fraud have been made with respect to the City’s conduct of the November 3, 2020 election, and no issues affecting the integrity of the election have been found.”

Chavez says she spoke with at least 22 city employees to come up with the report. She says she also spoke with employees of the KI Convention Center, where the city held its central count operations on Election Day, as well as consultants from the National Vote at Home Institute, who have been at the center of allegations made by conservatives.

The report does not include input from former City Clerk Kris Teske or Kim Wayte, who was deputy clerk. Both resigned from the city clerk’s office after the election and have taken the same positions with nearby municipalities. Chavez says she attempted to speak with both, but received no responses.

Chavez also says retired Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno told her she had no comment for her report. Juno has alleged violations against the city in interviews and during a State Assembly Elections Committee hearing on Green Bay’s election conduct.

Earlier this month, five Green Bay residents, including the chair of the Republican Party of Brown County, filed a formal complaint with the Wisconsin Elections Commission about how the city conducted the November election. The city has yet to file a response to the complaint.

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On Tuesday, the city council decided to wait to vote on a resolution to support how the election was carried out. The reason for the delay is so the council and public can have time to read the city's new report.

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