Wisconsin DOJ prepared to identify threats to elections, election workers

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Justice said Wednesday it will protect elections and election workers in the state.

Attorney General Josh Kaul said the DOJ’s Wisconsin State Intelligence Center is ready to identify threats to Wisconsin’s elections as well as threats against election administrators. The WSIC will also monitor for election interference both from domestic and foreign actors.

“The Wisconsin Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that our elections are free and fair,” Kaul said in a statement. “Anyone who unlawfully intimidates voters or threatens election officials should expect to be held accountable.”

Wisconsin law outlaws using or threatening force to compel someone to vote, prevent them from voting or influence their vote. Illegal acts of intimidation could include confronting voters or election officials while wearing military-style uniforms, aggressively approaching voters’ cars, following voters to and from a polling place, or appearing to patrol or police the voting line while armed.

It is also illegal to threaten an election official, refuse to obey a lawful order of a polling place inspector, engage in disorderly behavior at or near a polling place, or interrupt or disturb voting or canvassing proceedings.

If you see or are subjected to election intimidation or threats, alert an election official and contact local law enforcement immediately.