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Milwaukee Election Official Convicted in Fake Military Ballots

A Milwaukee County jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Kimberly Zapata – and found Zapata guilty on all counts against her.

The jury started deliberations around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday – and the verdict was read just before 4 p.m.

Zapata is the fired Milwaukee Election Commission deputy director accused of illegally requesting military ballots and sending them to the home of State Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls).

The prosecutor in this case said Zapata used her position to commit fraud – while her defense attorney said she just wanted to expose loopholes in the election system.

“She was a whistleblower. She was showing with the truth, with an action, an imperfect action but a truthful action of what was going on,” said Dan Adams, defense attorney.

“She brought to light the situation by lying on these applications. By having these fraudulent ballots issued. That’s not blowing the whistle on the problem, it’s aggravating the problem,” said Matthew Westphal, assistant district attorney.

Zapata did not testify in her own defense. She was charged with election fraud. Prosecutors say in 2022, she ordered military ballots using names she made up. Zapata told investigators she was trying to prove there is fraud in our election system. She said she never intended the ballots to be processed.

Claire Woodall, the Milwaukee Election Commission executive director, testified that in 2022, they received about 300 military absentee ballots – approximately five to seven of those were fraudulent.

“She was very adamant about following those procedures and making sure someone wasn’t unintentionally registered as a military voter,” Woodall said.

In Wisconsin, military voters do not have to show a photo ID to receive an absentee ballot.

Court documents say clerks sent three ballots to the home of State Rep. Janel Brandtjen – who then reported them to the authorities.


Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson

“I often speak about accountability for wrongdoing. Today, a jury convicted Kimberly Zapata for crimes associated with the procurement of false absentee ballots, and that jury brought accountability for a serious error.

“At the time of Zapata’s removal from the Milwaukee’s Election Commission, I said it does not matter that this might have been an effort to expose a vulnerability that state law created. It does not matter that City of Milwaukee ballots were not part of this. Nor does it matter that there was no attempt to vote illegally or tamper with election results. Fundamentally, the actions were a violation of trust.

“At a time when election officials are subjected to false accusations and harassment, it is essential they act with the highest integrity. That is a standard Milwaukee will maintain.”

  • I'm your HUCKLEBERRY says:

    Ha’ Ha’ Ha’ Now Democrats are scrambling everywhere like Cock Roaches in the Kitchen light. Secure elections my ass. They will cheat again in Nov. Unless every voting area is well monitored and guarded. No internet service to the GD VOTING MACHINES 1 day voting only. 1 ballot per 1 vote.If your in bum fked EGYPT then your shit outa luck. No illegal alien votes. SS # and DRIVER LICENSED PHOTO ID VOTERS ONLY. PISS ON CHEATERS!!!!!. THEY HAVE NO CREDIBILITYS IN AMERICA. WORTHLESS DEMON SCUM. VOTE IN PERSON OR YOU DON’T VOTE. YOU GOT ALL THE WAY TO NOV. TO PREPARE. SO SUCK ON THAT NEW ELECTION LAW DEMOCRAT SCUM BAGS.

  • Scurvydog says:

    Isn’t it interesting that a republican is convicted in a blue state courtroom, but you hear of crooked democrats being prosecuted anywhere?

  • k says:


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    One of the most secure ID documents in Latin America, the new voting ID card used in Mexico includes multiple security features and state-of-the-art verification methods that have so far foiled every counterfeiting attempt. Since 2013, the card has been produced by G+D and Veridos and has been available for Mexico’s citizens – including the 12 million who live abroad. At last, all of the country’s citizens can finally benefit from the technology without the risk of identity fraud.

    Not just to combat electoral fraud, but also to provide a reliable mechanism to be identified, a newly designed voting ID card was made available to all Mexican citizens – including the 12 million who live abroad, to whom it was sent in a security envelope. According to the National Electoral Institute (INE), the autonomous public organization responsible for elections in Mexico, the cost and risk to make the trip back to Mexico to register for a voter ID card had deterred many people in previous elections.

    The new voting ID card, produced by global identity solutions provider Veridos, meant that all of Mexico’s 132 million citizens could finally benefit from the latest technology, and could have a reliable identity document. As Jacob Prado, Mexico’s consul general in El Paso, Texas, said in 2016, “The effort had one thing in mind: to perfect – and keep perfecting – our democracy.”1

    “Since we started with voter ID production in 2013, we’ve managed to improve and enhance the product to become one of the most secure documents in Latin America“

    How does one produce an ID card that cannot be counterfeited? It seems that Veridos has the answer. As Rolando Colchado, Managing Director of Veridos Mexico, says, “Thanks to multiple security features and state-of-the-art verification methods, our identity solution is highly reliable and trustworthy. Since we started with voter ID production in 2013, we’ve managed to improve and enhance the product to become one of the most secure documents in Latin America.” Indeed, according to Colchado, this technologically innovative paper-based document has made it possible to foil every counterfeiting effort to date.

    So far, Veridos has produced more than 80 million ID voting cards. Renewed by INE in 2019, the contract has enabled the secure production, personalization, and verification of Mexican voter ID cards as a complete service that’s available to the country’s voters within three to five days after application.

    Veridos created a complicated security design, including, among other features, deliberate mistakes, guilloche patterns, and diverse microtexts to deter the counterfeiters. What makes the 2019 version of the card unique is that it includes 14 preprinted security features, several of which are invisible to the naked eye. Everything about this card is a security measure – from the actual material used to create it, to the multiple levels of encoded information that are ingeniously embedded in its layers. High-resolution printing at 12,800 DPI makes the voting card very difficult to forge – and it’s cheaper to produce than a chip or a card made of polycarbonate.

    The card is made of Teslin substrate, a unique synthetic paper that can literally lock ink, toner, coatings, and films into its structure so that critical information can’t be removed or changed. The new security measures that have been added since 2019 are three QR codes, two of which contain biographical and biometric information relating to the card carrier, including facial data with the capacity to store up to 10 minutiae (compressed fingerprint images). Even the color photo of the voter contains invisible information, embedded within the picture.

    Creating value for the environment and for society
    The new voting ID card in Mexico offers exceptional protection of the private information about the voter, whether it’s embedded in text, bar codes, images, or the background of the card. Not surprisingly, this is the ID document of choice for Mexicans – indeed, it’s the primary national ID document in the country. Whether citizens want to buy a mobile phone line or apply for a bank credit, the new version of the document could be verified remotely. The card holder would simply take a selfie and then scan the QR codes on their smartphone; a specially developed application would read the biographic information and then decode the QR codes, matching the data and providing easy, reliable verification for the citizen.

    The entire production process includes the destruction of scrap material from the personalization plant, which is then recycled into concrete slabs used for building projects in the community. As Rene Miranda, Executive Director at the Federal Register of Voters in Mexico, says, “We are creating added value for the environment and society in general; through new and better production and verification technologies and taking care of the entire production process, assuring every step of the production, and considering recycling scrap material processes.”

    With the global threat of identity theft increasing every day, reliable identity protection and accurate verification processes are crucial measures to protect voters’ privacy. The Mexican voter ID project has not only helped to increase security to support democracy by creating a unique, tamper-proof solution to voter identification, but it has also supplied all of Mexico’s citizens with a convenient, easy way to authenticate their identities wherever they are.

  • manny says:

    I’ll bet that in every blue state a commissioner of elections official is guilty of fraud. In AZ, Hobbs was the elections commissioner and she refused to step down for the election. That is why she probably won. There is no doubt in my mind that Joe biden is an illegitimate president. There was fraud in the 2020 elections. And just about every day evidence seems to pop up.

  • Leonard says:

    If the ballots were requested but not used as the person said then where is the problem? The problem is with the system that allowed someone to order ballots and not have a check and balance to insure that they would be legally used. She obviously showed a problem so what has been done to correct this flaw?



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