A local official in Wisconsin who served as a fake 2020 presidential 'elector' for Trump was booted out of office

A local official in Wisconsin who served as a fake 2020 presidential 'elector' for Trump was booted out of office
People line up to vote outside the Greenfield Community Center, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Greenfield, WisAP Photo/Morry Gash, File
  • A Wisconsin official who served as a fake Trump elector in 2020 lost reelection on Tuesday.
  • Kelly Ruh was booted out of office as an alderperson in De Pere, Wisconsin, a Green Bay suburb.

A Republican local official in Wisconsin who served as a phony presidential elector for President Donald Trump in 2020 lost her reelection bid on Tuesday.

Kelly Ruh, an alderperson in De Pere, Wisconsin, was one of dozens of Republicans who put her name on a slate of fake presidential electors for Trump in the aftermath of the 2020 election, part of a wide range of efforts by state and local officials to overturn Trump's election loss in key swing states.

Democrat Pamela Gantz, the real estate agent and poll worker who defeated Ruh for the seat, told Bolts Magazine that her "campaign was about restoring trust in our local officials and focusing on the local issues that matter to us as a community."

"I promise not to use my position to influence any national elections or support conspiracies," she told Bolts. "I promise to keep it local and promote fair and free elections for our community."

In all, 84 Republicans in seven states that voted for President Joe Biden submitted fake slates of presidential electors to the National Archives, an effort led by figures close to Trump including his attorney Rudy Giuliani. The certificates were not signed by any certifying official and had no legal weight or force under the law or in the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021.


Ruh was one of eight people in elected office across five states who put her name down as a fraudulent elector for Trump, according to States Newsroom. Ruh and 13 other officials listed as the "chairperson" and "secretary" of the fake slates of the electors have been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.

Robert Spindell Jr., a member of the Wisconsin Election Commission, was also a fake Trump elector from Wisconsin. Two state lawmakers in Arizona and Georgia, a town clerk and a school board member in Michigan, and a city council member and register of wills in Pennsylvania, were also fraudulent Trump electors.

Fake electors who signed fraudulent certificates also included several state party chairs and other high-ranking party officials, some of whom have been subpoenaed too.

The Justice Department and several state attorneys general are investigating the fraudulent electors for possible violations of state and federal law, in addition to the House Select Committee probe.

Wisconsin, which held spring elections on Tuesday, has been a breeding ground for fake election conspiracies and efforts to overturn the 2020 election — including a partisan post-election ballot review spearheaded by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman and calls to "decertify" the 2020 election results, which is not possible.


Also in the Green Bay area, a Stop-the-Steal rally organizer won a seat to the Green Bay city council, according to Bolts.

And Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly, who publicly left the Republican Party over the January 6 insurrection, easily won reelection over a challenger who endorsed the calls to dercertify the 2020 election.