Top Official Convicted Of Election Ballot Crime

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( – In November, former election official Kimberly Zapata, 47, had been charged with one felony count of misconduct in public office as well as three election fraud misdemeanor counts. A jury in Milwaukee has now determined that she is guilty on all of the grounds as she had obtained fake absentee ballots during the 2022 presidential election. 

Zapata is going to be sentenced on May 2 and is facing up to five years in prison. In October 2022, Zapata served as the Milwaukee Election Commission deputy director. She had at the time used her work-issued laptop in order to obtain three military absentee ballots by using fake Social Security numbers and names. Part of her job had been to count the absentee ballots in Milwaukee. 

The three extra votes that Zapata had acquired had been sent to Assembly elections committee chair Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R) who had expressed approval for the overturning of the results of the 2020 presidential election. 

The mayor had fired Zapata after it was revealed that she had requested the additional ballots. In early November 2022 Brandtjen had filed a lawsuit to block military ballots from being counted after Zapata was fired.

During the two-day trial, Zapata’s legal team had claimed that the woman had considered herself a type of whistleblower and had not meant to hurt anyone. However, Assistant District Attorney Matthew Westphal had countered that the woman was not a whistleblower and that she had just committed “election fraud.”

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