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Sen. Tiffany asks GAB to Review Iron County Vote

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) is asking the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board and Attorney General Van Hollen to review a vote cast in the Town of Anderson, Iron County.

In a release sent to NewsChannel 7 and other state media outlets, Sen. Tiffany writes:

“Today, I am requesting the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board and Attorney General Van Hollen to review a vote cast in the Town of Anderson, Iron County. An individual, Nick Vander Puy, has bragged openly on social media about voting as a “homeless” person in Upson, Wisconsin. Mr. Vander Puy is one of the individuals illegally squatting at the “Harvest Camp” on Iron County Forest land.

Some questions immediately come to mind: Does Mr. Vander Puy currently have a permanent address not in Iron County? Did he vote in any other jurisdiction on April 1st? Does camping illegally on county property for more than fourteen days invalidate his vote?

Furthermore, in a follow-up post on social media, a local lawyer, Anthony Stella, suggested that Mr. Vander Puy and other “homeless” people, “….could commandeer the Anderson Town Government. I already have some proposed ordinances drafted for you.”

It is outrageous that a licensed Wisconsin attorney would blatantly recommend subverting the intent of the law. Mr. Stella should be ashamed of taking advantage of his neighbors to allow transient voters to take over their communities.”

In the letter, Sen. Tiffany says Vander Puy’s vote may be in violation of Chapter 6.10 of the Wisconsin State Statutes.

That statute states, “Residence as a qualification for voting shall be governed by the following standards:
(1) The residence of a person is a place where the person’s habitation is fixed, without any present intent to move, and to which, when absent, the person intends to return.”

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