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Tuesday, May 10, 2005 11:21 p.m. EDT Evidence of Voter Fraud in Milwaukee
A task force looking into potential voter fraud on Election Day  said Tuesday that it found more than 200 felons voted illegally and more than 100 instances of people voting twice or using fake names and addresses.
The investigators found hundreds of fraudulent votes in all and counted 4,600 more ballots than registered voters in Milwaukee - but did not uncover any proof of a plot to alter the outcome of the hotly contested presidential race in Wisconsin's largest city. They also found ballots cast using the names of dead people.
Prosecutors have not filed criminal charges in the probe.
"There is not the evidence of an overriding conspiracy in all of this," U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic said.
The task force, however, did find evidence of sloppy record-keeping and poor training for poll workers, who were overwhelmed by thousands of absentee ballots. Biskupic said the faulty records will make it tough to prosecute many of the crimes.
Biskupic, the Milwaukee County district attorney, Milwaukee police and the FBI launched the probe after a newspaper investigation found more than 1,200 people voted from invalid addresses and that election officials were unable to process 1,300 same-day registration cards.
Democrat John Kerry received more than 71 percent of the 277,000 ballots cast in Milwaukee in the presidential race. Kerry won Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes by about 11,000 votes.
The review comes amid a partisan fight over plans to make voters show ID at the polls.
Wisconsin allows same-day registration, and those who already are registered can simply show up to vote without ID. The state also allows anyone to vote absentee without a reason, which caused long lines and headaches for clerks around the state before Nov. 2.
Both the GOP-controlled houses of the state Legislature passed bills this year that would have required ID. Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, vetoed them. Now Republicans want to amend the state constitution to require voter ID.
Doyle said Tuesday a voter ID requirement wouldn't have solved any of Milwaukee's Election Day problems, which he attributed to "bureaucratic mistakes, poor management and lack of training among the poll workers."
The investigators found hundreds of fraudulent votes in all and counted 4,600 more ballots than registered voters in Milwaukee
They had more votes than registered voters? I have to wonder what the nation wide percentage of registered voters who actually vote. Nobody gets 100% turnout. Not even close. Miwaukee gets over 100%. Man are those liberals efficient.
I would be fighting against cleaning up the system too if I could clean up like that on election day.
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