Wisconsin voters will approve election law changes supported by Republicans, CNN projects

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Poll workers sort early and absentee ballots in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Nov. 3, 2020.



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Wisconsin voters will approve two election-related amendments to the state constitution, CNN projects, handing a victory to Republican lawmakers who pushed to change voting rules. This battleground state Ahead of the November presidential election.

Vote Use of private money in election administration should be prohibited It marks a victory for conservative activists who denounced what they called “Zuckerbucks” of the Facebook founder's money. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla ChanThe donation was made to a non-profit organization that ultimately helped administrators across the country conduct the 2020 elections amid the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The one-time $350 million donation includes approximately $10 million directed to Wisconsin jurisdictions. Grant administrators noted that any community that applied for the money received it and said discrimination played no role in their decision-making.

But opponents argued that the money helped the Democratic Party that year — especially in the state's big cities. 2020 has unfairly shaped the outcome of the election Flipped from Wisconsin Donald Trump to do Joe Biden.

That year, Biden won Wisconsin by less than 21,000 votes.

After Trump's 2020 defeat, he and his allies made repeated, unsubstantiated claims that election fraud contributed to his defeat in the Badger State.

More than twenty states Prohibited, limited or otherwise regulated Private donations to elections from 2020 race, according to National Conference of State Legislatures. Legislative effort in Wisconsin vetoed by the state's Democratic governor, Tony Evers, who blocked election changes passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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Wisconsin voters on Tuesday are expected to approve a separate constitutional amendment that would allow only officials appointed by state law to administer elections. Proponents said it was necessary to guard against outside consultants participating in the process.

Opponents argued that measures such as preventing local clerks from accepting donated items or using a privately owned building as a polling place could have unintended consequences. Additionally, they note that ballot questions do not warrant increased government funding to help run elections when private sources are restricted.

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