A Wisconsin man who cast two absentee ballots in the 2020 presidential election has been charged with four felony counts, making him the second person in the battleground state to face charges stemming from the election. vote.
Former President Donald trumpet has claimed that there is widespread fraud in Wisconsin, a state in which President Joe Biden won just under 21,000 votes.
Voting fraud charges are extremely rare in Wisconsin, but there are usually a handful after every major election. Election fraud is a felony.
The latest charges, filed in June, are in one of 27 cases referred to prosecutors by Wisconsin election officials out of more than 3 million votes cast.
No other charges were brought from that group, and district attorneys said they did not pursue charges in 18 of those cases. Eight others are still under review, or district attorneys did not provide an update on Monday.
Trump went on to claim that the election was stolen, targeting Wisconsin and other major pivot states like Arizona.
In that state, an Associated Press investigation uncovered 182 problematic cases that were clear enough for officials to refer them to investigators for further review.
To date, only four cases have resulted in charges, including those identified in a separate state investigation. No one was convicted.
In Wisconsin, the number is even smaller. But Republicans ordered a review by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Office, and Assemblymember Robin Vos hired three retired investigative officers to look into irregularities complaints.
Will more voting irregularities continue to be exposed?
Yes: 99% (1055 Votes)
No: 1% (8 Votes)
In the latest fraud case filed in St. Croix County, Michael Ray General, 64 years old, stated that voting twice was unintentional, according to a criminal complaint filed June 16. Overall, contacted by phone on Monday, said he had not yet hired an attorney and reiterated that voting twice. His is a mistake.
“No,” he said when asked if he planned to vote twice.
He declined to say who he voted for in the presidential election.
Generally registered to vote in St. Croix County in 2007 but sold the home in 2019 and changed the address on his driver’s license to Beloit in May 2020.
According to the complaint, Total requested an absentee vote from St. Croix in western Wisconsin last October. It was sent to a Rockford, Illinois, address.
A week later, on October 12, he signed a contract absent ballot using the address Star Prairie, Wisconsin, in St. Croix. Ballots were received prior to the election.
On October 13, just a day after he signed that absentee ballot, General registered to vote using his Beloit, Wisconsin address, using the vehicle title as proof of residency, the lawsuit said. . On October 27, the General voted in person at a polling place in Beloit Town, in Rock County.
In general, he was told by an election official in Rock County that his absentee ballot there would annul his claim for the St. Croix, which he says he remembers filling out but did not return.
“I have memory problems,” he said Monday.
“I can’t even remember what day it was.”
The investigator suggested charging the Master with voter fraud because he had moved from St. Croix in 2019 and changed his driver’s license address, but showed his old driver’s license when applying to vote absentee there.
He faces one count of voting by a disqualified person; one count of providing false information to an election official; a registration fee to vote in many places; and vote more than once. Each charge is a Class I felony, punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to 3 and a half years in prison, or both.
Overall, he will make his first court appearance on August 5.
His case comes after a Florida man was charged with voter fraud in Sawyer County, Wisconsin, in March.
Luke Aaron Frazier, 36, tried unsuccessfully to get an absentee ballot for the November 2020 election by falsely claiming he was a resident of the village of Radisson. His case was not among 27 other cases that local election officials referred to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, as required by state law.
Frazier is scheduled to appear in court on August 31 for a status hearing.
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