Wisconsin did not vote to recall Biden’s electoral votes

The claim: Wisconsin lawmakers have voted to withdraw the state’s 10 electoral votes for Biden in the 2020 election

A proposal by a Wisconsin state lawmaker to withdraw 2020 statewide electoral votes is being misrepresented on social media and conservative news sites in a bid to push baseless claims that the election was “stolen” from former President Donald Trump.

“BREAKING: Wisconsin Assembly votes to withdraw its 10 voters for Joe Biden in 2020 election,” read one. January 26 Facebook post from the Prime Time Patriots page which racked up over 500 reactions in one day. “Arizona might be next. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes. It’s not a done deal with a lot of hurdles, but what a great start! KEEP FIGHTING!”

Similar versions of the claim have gone viral on Twitter and Facebook, where users circulated a January 25 article from The Gateway Pundit captioned, “***HUGE NEWS** – Wisconsin Assembly votes to advance Rep. Ramthun’s resolution to reclaim Wisconsin voters for President and Vice President who have been certified for fraudulent.

Among those who shared the article was MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who is facing a defamation lawsuit of Dominion and has already falsely claimed that Trump will be reinstated as president. In a January 26 Facebook post he wrote: “Shoot down the elections! Wisconsin could be the first! Kari Lake, Republican candidate for governor of Arizona shared the article on Twitter with the caption “Arizona should be next!”

But there was no vote on scrapping the state’s 10 electoral votes for President Joe Biden, as claimed. And no resolution to that end has advanced anywhere.

A single Republican state representative introduced a resolution devoid of co-sponsors that was referred to the Rules Committee — a procedural step required by House Standing Orders — and then voted down by House leaders, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Asked about his claim, Lindell offered no evidence that such action was going forward. USA TODAY has reached out to The Gateway Pundit and social media users for additional comment.

No votes have taken place

The rumor comes from a resolution introduced on January 25 by State Representative Timothy Ramthun, R-Campbellsport, in which he alleged The Wisconsin ballots were “certified with fraudulent intent and purpose”. For more than a year, Ramthun has falsely claimed Trump won the state of Wisconsin in the 2020 presidential election.

Ramthun’s proposal was then referred to the Rules Committee, a movement that is necessary according to the rules of the Wisconsin Assembly. But Republican Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, chairman of the committee, called the resolution illegal and “completely unconstitutional.”

“As chair of the rules committee, there is NO chance that I will advance this illegal resolution,” Steineke wrote in a statement. Tweet from January 25. He also has disputed The Gateway Pundit’s claim that a vote took place.

Biden won Wisconsin by more than 20,000 votes, and a handbook recount, audits and multiple lawsuits revealed no evidence of widespread voter fraud it would affect the outcome of the state elections. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the head of the Wisconsin Elections Commission certified Biden’s victory in the state on November 30.

In one November 21, 2021, memo, Katie Bender-Olson and Peggy Hurley, attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislature, wrote that there is “no mechanism in federal or state law for the Legislature to void certified votes cast by the Electoral College and counted by Congress”.

USA TODAY has previously debunked similar claims that the Wisconsin Legislature will decertify the state’s election results and award its electoral votes to Trump.

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Our opinion: False

Based on our research, we rate the claim that Wisconsin lawmakers voted to withdraw the state’s 10 electoral votes for Biden in the 2020 election as FALSE. Ramthun has submitted a proposal, but there is no did not have a vote. The chairman of the rules committee called the resolution illegal and clarified that he had no intention of moving it forward. Biden won the state of Wisconsin in the 2020 election, and there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

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Contributor: Molly Beck

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