GUILTY: Election Official Convicted of Election Fraud

(5MinNewsBreak.com) – Election fraud fears continue to loom large among American patriots’ fears, and for a good reason, as now a former election official in Wisconsin has been found guilty of creating absentee ballots for non-existent voters.

Kimberly Zapata, who previously served as Deputy Commissioner for the Milwaukee Election Commission, was convicted on charges of voter fraud after she created ballots for fictitious military personnel during the 2022 elections.

Zapada faced charges of felony misconduct in a public office and three misdemeanor charges for falsely claiming to obtain an absentee ballot, The Daily Wire reports.

Her defense argued that she aimed to highlight vulnerabilities within the Wisconsin election system, suggesting she acted as a whistleblower. However, the jury found her actions constituted election fraud.

In the 2022 election period, Zapata utilized the My Vote Wisconsin system to procure three absentee ballots under the names of made-up military members.

These ballots were dispatched to the residence of State Representative Janel Brandtjen, a Republican known for her skepticism regarding the 2020 election’s legitimacy. Notably, military personnel in Wisconsin are exempt from presenting ID to receive an absentee ballot.

Upon discovering ballots for imaginary military individuals addressed to her, Brandtjen reported the issue, leading to Zapata’s dismissal and subsequent voter fraud allegations.

During the trial, Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Westphal emphasized the critical role of election workers in preserving the election system’s integrity.

“Ms. Zapata took a tiny hammer and started chiseling away at that foundation. Instead of helping secure the absentee ballot system, she introduced fraud into that system,” Westphal said.

In defense, attorney Daniel Adams portrayed Zapata as a whistleblower, highlighting a significant flaw in the system through her “imperfect action.”

Brandtjen disclosed her lack of prior interactions with Zapata, suggesting other means for Zapata to express her concerns without compromising her career and reputation.

“If Ms. Zapata had wished to raise concerns about the election process, she could have done so anonymously by contacting appropriate authorities rather than jeopardizing her job and reputation,” Brandtjen commented, expressing her inability to ascertain Zapata’s motives.

Facing sentencing in May, Zapata risks over four years in prison and fines exceeding $10,000 for the charges against her.

As the 2024 elections approach, with potential contenders President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, election security is under heightened scrutiny.

This focus follows a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that deemed the extensive use of ballot drop boxes in the 2020 election as non-compliant with state election laws.

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