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Anti-Choice Group Probed For Election Fraud In Wisconsin

Anti-Choice Group Probed For Election Fraud In Wisconsin

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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2:28PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Why am I not surprised that these groups would behave unethically.

2:01PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Voter fraud? In the United States? No, it can't be true! Not in the land of the free, where democracy was invented and where dogs and cats don't vote! Oh, how I just love to be sarcastic!

4:24PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Note the word is "investigated," not "charged." Maybe it's a waste of breath to warn, "Don't rush to judgment!" ... Then again, maybe not.

4:20PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Lie and cheat, and above all, buy those votes !

I will be so glad when this recall election is over. Unfortunately, Minnesota is way too close to Wisconsin to be able to escape the constant barrage of election ads.

8:17AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Republicans know they can't win by playing fair. I cannot wait for the day to come when they are voted out. Wisconsin will send a clear message to all these extremists that are out to distroy our country that they will not win.

6:50AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Good to see that they are being investigated.

5:25AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

I agree with Frances C, and would like to add that these extremists know they can't get their candidates elected without breaking the law. They believe that the ends justify the means.

1:00AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Fanaticism at it's best.

5:12PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Wisconsin Right to Life and Family Action coalition - glad they don't let ethics stand in their way!

3:02PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

I am restating my blog of yesterday because my Facebook page did not pick it up. I am glad to see an investigation of voting fraud on the part of pro-life protesters in Milwaukee, WI. That the pro-lifers have engaged in such tactics does not surprise me after my experience as a clinic defender escorting patients into abortion clinics. But an investigation of illicit tactics is a welcome surprise. The vehemence of many pro-life protests is a direct result of the double standard police apply in dealing with leftist as opposed to right wing protest groups. When the Republican National Convention came to Philadelphia and then to New York, people whom the police simply deemed suspicious were picked up miles away from any protest sites in the former city, and in the latter, people going to cultural events near protests were picked up. I frankly cannot imagine many of Philadelphia's or New York's "finest" going to plays, operas, ballets or concerts. But one group of fundamentalist pro-life protesters consists to a great measure of motorcycle gang members. I have seen and photographed local police fraternizing with anti-abortion protesters. Of course, some cops would make fine motorcycle gang members. I hope the law catches up with the law across the US.

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