DA: Voter fraud allegations unsubstantiated

Allegations arose after Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard lost recall election
DA: Voter fraud allegations unsubstantiated

Racine County investigators who looked into four complaints of alleged voter fraud said they found no evidence of criminal activity.

The sheriff’s department and prosecutor’s office spent a month looking into the claims.

Complaints included the discovery of voter-registration documents in a garbage can and allegations that absentee ballots were mishandled.

The complaints arose after Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard lost a recall election last month to Democratic challenger John Lehman.

A Journal Times of Racine report quoted authorities as saying Friday they conducted a “thorough inquiry” and found nothing that rose to the level of criminal activity.

Republicans had hinted at a challenge of the recall outcome because of the allegations. The state elections board fired back that such “unsubstantiated allegations” undermine public confidence.

Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy made the comments in a letter dated Friday in response to one sent earlier in the week by Republican state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and five other GOP leaders.

They said in the letter to Kennedy that problems in the 21st state Senate district recall election raise “serious questions regarding the integrity of our election process.”

Kennedy said in his response that there is “little benefit in promoting unsubstantiated allegations.”

The lawmakers wrote a response Friday, saying next year they plan to “correct the problems that have been discovered and restore the integrity of our election process.” 

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