Milwaukee DA investigating voter fraud
The Milwaukee DA is investigating accusations of vote fraud against three Democratic campaign operatives who were residing at a hotel when they registered to vote in last year’s recall elections. (video link)
Search warrants obtained by TODAY’S TMJ4 shows the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office is requesting paycheck stubs and bank statements from their home states to determine if they were and are legal Wisconsin residents.
The three including Austin Thompson, who was arrested last year during an occupy protest, are accused of voter fraud by registering and voting even though they lived in a hotel.
Rick Baas, the vice chairman of the Republican Party of Milwaukee County, says he’s pleased the district attorney’s office is finally taking the allegations seriously. “It says the claims we’ve been making all along that voter fraud does take place and now we have a district attorney looking into it and we have a judge who believes there’s probably cause to have this investigation go forward,” said Baas.
Attorney Mike Maistelman deals with a lot of election cases. He is not involved in this case, but says all the men have to prove is that they had intent on staying in the state. “Merely living in a hotel doesn’t disqualify someone from voting,” argued Maistelman. “Again, if this individual claims he had any belief he had a chance of getting a job after the election I think it’s more difficult for the district attorney to go after him at that point.”
Maistelman added in the video tat if one of them did vote in another state, “If he did vote, get his toothbrush and his underwear out. He’s going away for a while.”