MILWAUKEE - The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it plans to investigate a flawed sting operation in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel exposed a ten month ATF storefront operation intended to bust felons for drug and gun offenses.
The paper reports the operation was marred by missteps. The ATF operation was robbed of $35,000 in merchandise, an agent's machine gun was stolen and a document listing undercover agents was left behind.
Several key members of Congress are demanding answers.
An ATF spokesperson says the agency is reviewing the operation.
Senator Tammy Baldwin joined other congressional members from both parties and demanded accountability.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
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