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Top Wisconsin Democrat Found GUILTY Of Mail-In Ballot Fraud

A jury in Milwaukee, WI recently ruled a former Democrat election official GUILTY of obtaining fake absentee ballots.

Prior to the accusations brought against her, Kimberly Zapata held the position of deputy director of the Milwaukee Election Commission.

She has been charged with one felony count of misconduct in public office and three election fraud misdemeanors — all of which she has been found guilty of.

Take a look at this breaking development:

Kimberly Zapata plead not guilty during her trial, arguing that she saw herself as a “whistleblower” trying to expose loopholes in the election system, and that she never intended for the illegal absentee ballots to be processed.

But, the jury didn’t buy her story.

She faces up to 5 years in prison.

NBC News has more details on the charges Zapata is facing:

A jury found a former Milwaukee election official accused of obtaining fake absentee ballots guilty Wednesday of misconduct in office and fraud, rejecting her arguments that she was trying to expose vulnerabilities in the state’s election system.

Prosecutors charged Kimberly Zapata in November 2022 with one felony count of misconduct in public office and three misdemeanor counts of election fraud. The jury found her guilty in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on all four counts after starting deliberations Wednesday morning.

Zapata faces up to five years behind bars when she’s sentenced on May 2.

Zapata was serving as deputy director at the Milwaukee Election Commission in October 2022 when she used her work-issued laptop to obtain three military absentee ballots using fake names and Social Security numbers, according to a criminal complaint. She sent the ballots to Republican state Rep. Janel Brandtjen, an election conspiracy theorist, two weeks before the state’s gubernatorial and legislative elections.

Active military personnel do not have to register to vote or provide photo identification to obtain absentee ballots in Wisconsin. Zapata told investigators that she was stressed over death threats commission staff had been receiving from election conspiracy theorists and she wanted to shift their attention to real flaws in the system.

Her attorney, Daniel Adams, had argued during a two-day trial that Zapata saw herself as a whistleblower and didn’t mean to hurt anyone. Assistant District Attorney Matthew Westphal countered that Zapata went rogue and broke the law rather than sharing her concerns with state election officials, reporters or legislators.

“She is not a whistleblower. She’s not exposing information. She’s committing election fraud,” Westphal said during his closing arguments Wednesday morning. “As a society we cannot tolerate people who break the law when there are multiple legitimate means to raise those same concerns.”

Fox 6 Milwaukee also reported:

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.

Roman Balkamov on Youtube explored all the details of the Kimberly Zapata case further in a video you should definitely check out.

You can watch the full thing here:


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