Republicans have seized specifically on a March 2020 fee vote lifting a rule that required particular voting deputies — skilled and dispatched by municipal clerks’ workplaces — to go to nursing houses twice earlier than issuing absentee ballots to residents. The particular voting deputies, like most different guests, had been barred from coming into nursing houses early within the pandemic, and the fee reasoned that there was not sufficient time earlier than the April main election to require them to be turned away earlier than mailing absentee ballots.

The vote was comparatively uncontroversial on the time: No lawsuits from Republicans or anybody else challenged the steering. The process remained in place for the final election in November.

However after Joseph R. Biden Jr. won Wisconsin by 20,682 votes out of three.3 million forged, Republicans started making evidence-free claims of fraudulent votes forged from nursing houses throughout the state. Sheriff Christopher Schmaling of Racine County stated the 5 state election commissioners who had voted to permit clerks to mail absentee ballots to nursing houses with out the go to by particular voting deputies — as is prescribed by state legislation — should face felony charges for election fraud and misconduct in workplace.

Robin Vos, the Republican speaker of the State Meeting, who represents Racine County, shortly concurred, saying that the 5 commissioners — together with his own appointee to the panel — should “probably” face felony charges.

The commissioners have insisted they broke no laws.

Ann Jacobs, a Democrat who’s the fee’s chairwoman, stated she had no regrets about making voting simpler throughout the pandemic and added that “even my Republican colleagues” had been afraid about the way forward for honest elections within the state.

“We did the whole lot we might throughout the pandemic to assist individuals vote,” she stated.

Mr. Johnson — a two-term senator who stated he would announce a call on whether or not to hunt re-election “within the subsequent few weeks” — is lobbying Republican state legislators, with whom he met final week on the State Capitol, to take over federal elections.

“The State Legislature has to reassert its constitutional position, assert its constitutional duty, to set the occasions, place and method of the election, not proceed to outsource it by the Wisconsin Elections Fee,” Mr. Johnson stated. “The Structure by no means mentions a governor.”