2008 Wisconsin Voting Fraud Task Force
The 2008 Wisconsin Voting Fraud Task Force is a cross-tactical organization in Wisconsin whose main purpose is to stop vote fraud. This task force has been set-up in response to incidents of vote fraud in 2000 and 2004 in Wisconsin.
Purpose of the Task Force
The task force led by Attorney General JB Van Hollen, a Republican, and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, emphasized the task force is a bipartisan effort that will investigate all fraud reports fairly in all corners of Wisconsin.
Between five and seven prosecutors with the Milwaukee County district attorney's office will be assigned to investigations. About 14 Milwaukee police officers be responding to reported incidents on election day. This task force is designed for Milwaukee County, but if problems arise in any county, the Task Force will be on call to address these situations as needed.
Successes of the Task Force
The task force has already lead to 49 registration deputies and third party registration workers referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office for prosecution over irregularities on voter registration forms.
As of October 23, 2008 three voter registration workers are facing criminal charges in Milwaukee County of Voter Registration Fraud.
Voter Registration Fraud Cases Awaiting Prosecution in Wisconsin
October 14, 2008-Frank Walton of Milwaukee was the third elections worker in Wisconsin and in Milwaukee County charged with voter registration fraud. Walton turned in 54 fake registrations, including one for a man who died 16 years ago as the criminal compliant alleged as Walston sent the inaccurate voter forms to the Milwaukee Election Commission. Also according to a criminal complaint through the Wisconsin Department of Justice that errors that also included fake driver's license numbers and Social Security numbers. Walton is awaiting trail one count of falsely procuring voter registration and faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if he's convicted.
October 7, 2008-Adam Mucklin a registration deputy paid for by the Community Voters Project and US PIRG was charged with voter registration fraud. Mucklin is facing charges is because prior to becoming a Special Registration Deputy and registering to vote during the summer of 2008, Mucklin was convicted of the felony offense of Substantial Battery on April 22, 2008 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Mucklin is currently serving his felony offense and his civil rights will not be restored until January 10, 2012, when he is scheduled to be discharged from supervision.
When pleading guilty to the Substantial Battery charge, Mucklin acknowledged that he was ineligible to vote. When registering to vote, Mucklin falsely certified that he was not disqualified from voting. Special Registration Deputy training materials provided by the Milwaukee Elections Commission also made clear that to serve as a Special Registration Deputy, one must be a qualified elector (i.e., eligible voter).
September 29, 2008-Endalynn Adams was the first person charged in Milwaukee County under the new voting fraud task force created by Attorney General JB Van Hollen and John Chisholm. Adams was accused of submitting dozens of fake names and addresses as a registration worker paid by the Community Voters Project. complaint states, Voters Project officials flagged 28 problematic names for city election officials.
The complaint filed by Attorney General JB Vab Hollen stated investigators found another 45 names Adams had submitted earlier that were added to the list, with about 60% of those deemed false. The false names have been removed. The Attorney General's complaint claims that Adams “was required to obtain 15 (completed) voter registration forms a day. She could not keep her job with the CVP and she would not be paid unless she met this ‘performance standard,’ which for all practical purposes is a quota.”
Adams is awaiting trial and faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted on all charges.
- ↑ 620 WTMJ News, MPD: "More Ballots Cast Than Voters Recorded" in '04 Election, Feb. 26, 2008
- ↑ WIBA News, 3rd person charged with election fraud in Wisconsin, Oct. 14, 2008
- ↑ Wisconsin Department of Justice: CONVICTED FELON ADAM MUCKLIN CHARGED WITH ELECTION FRAUD, Oct. 7, 2008
- ↑ Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Election fraud charge filed in Milwaukee, Sept. 29, 2008