The Wisconsin Right to Life and Family Action coalition is under scrutiny by the Milwaukee County prosecutor for allegations that the anti-choice group offered rewards for volunteers who signed up sympathetic voters in the Senate recall elections.
According to reports, Wisconsin Right to Life and Family Action coalition offered gift cards worth $25-$75 to volunteers who reached targets for persuading voters to fill out absentee ballot applications in the July recall primary elections. Wisconsin state law prohibits offering voters anything of value to vote or not to vote.
The allegations surfaced from an email received by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Part of the text of the email has been released and reads:
“July and August are busy months for Wisconsin families who spend their time outdoors and on vacations, but this summer, there are very important elections that put a pro-family, pro-life state Senate at stake,” says the email, dated July 1.
“The Wisconsin Right to Life and Family Action coalition is offering rewards for volunteers who make an impact over the weekend by educating and encouraging family and friends to voted by absentee ballot.
“Here are the rewards:
• $25 gift card or gas card reward for any volunteer who can get at least 15 pro-life/pro-family voters (and family and friends) to complete an absentee ballot application dated by Tuesday, July 5.
• $75 gift card or gas card reward for the volunteer in each Senate district who gets the most absentee ballot applications completed and dated by Tuesday, July 5.”
These latest allegations underscore just how much is at stake in the Wisconsin elections, both immediately for the state and long-term for efforts to push back against the hard-right tide from November 2010.
The complaints surfaced in the Alberta Darling recall election. Darling, seen as one of Gov. Walker’s biggest supporters, is being challenged by state Rep. Sandy Pasch.
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