Tuesday, March 9, 2021
For immediate release
Green Bay – The Democratic Party of Brown County Wisconsin would like to recognize the City of Green Bay’s election staff for its work administering a fair election and accurate count despite immense challenges in the November election. As a party, we denounce attacks casting doubt on the integrity of Green Bay’s election results.
“All people deserve the right to vote freely, fairly and safely, and the City of Green Bay delivered on that promise in the fall election,” said Democratic Party of Brown County Chair Renee Gasch. “Republicans need to stop regurgitating dangerous conspiracies about the integrity of our elections and start focusing on governing our state through the pandemic.”
A judge ruled that Green Bay and other Wisconsin cities could use millions in grant money from a non-profit to help administer a safer and secure election in November. The money covered increased pay for election workers in a pandemic including additional PPE and protections, provided funds for five new secure absentee drop boxes around the city and helped promote voting and election information.
Green Bay, led by Mayor Eric Genrich, saw record turnout in the November election including the largest ever vote-by-mail program. Poll observers documented few lines or issues at polling locations, and for the first time ever, the central count in Green Bay was live streamed to the public to guarantee transparency.
The complaints about Green Bay’s election have come primarily from Republican state legislators outside of the city, and not the people of Green Bay. The most recent accusations levied by conservative media and top-ranking Republicans, including State Senate President Roger Roth, have already been dismissed by Wisconsin judges. Meanwhile, the only credible claims of election fraud have been Republicans attempting to manipulate the results in Donald Trump’s favor––including De Pere Alder Kelly Ruh, who is currently part of a Wisconsin Elections Commission investigation.
“While Republicans have been obsessing over conspiracies, Democrats have been working hard on actually improving people’s lives,” said Gasch. “Green Bay Assembly Representative Kristina Shelton has just co-authored an Economic Bill of Rights to ensure that people in our state can live with dignity, and Governor Evers has issued a forward-thinking budget to help people reduce their healthcare costs and bounce back from COVID-19.”