In a battleground state where voter fraud has been an issue in previous presidential elections, one leading county sheriff is saying his office won’t stop ineligible felon voters from casting a ballot.
An internal memo from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office instructed deputies and other staff assigned to the county jail to facilitate the absentee ballot requests of inmates. Sent from Lt. Mark Twombly, the memo specifically instructed law enforcement officials to not check on the felony status of inmates and to help everyone vote regardless of their criminal record.
In Wisconsin an individual serving jail time for a felony or under parole or supervision for a felony may not cast a ballot. Checking on whether or not an inmate is a felon would require a quick and simple check of the county law enforcement’s computer system.
“It is going to be up to their polling location to research whether they are allowed to vote based on their criminal record, not the DCSO [Dane County Sheriff's Office],” Twombly wrote in a memo distributed to staff.
The decision by the sheriff’s office to ignore felon status for inmate voters means that law enforcement officials will not be working to prevent further legal violations on the part of those in their custody.
During an in-studio radio interview with a Madison talk show host on Monday, Sheriff Dave Mahoney attacked the whistleblower deputy and the conservative Milwaukee talk show host who blogged about an e-mail the deputy sent him. Mahoney called the whistleblower and talk show host “unethical” and said he couldn’t believe one of his officers would release the internal memo. The sheriff suggested that the deputy acted in an unprofessional fashion.
Mahoney vigorously denied that his office is facilitating possible voter fraud. “Absolutely not, we are not,” he told the radio show host. But by not checking an inmate’s potential felony status, Mahoney is shifting his own responsibility to enforce the law on to municipal clerks. In the aftermath of Wisconsin’s hyper-intense political season of the past 18 months, many local clerks’ offices are worn down...
The State Voter Registration Service is run by the Government Accountability Board, which attempts to cross-reference the database with Department of Corrections’ records.
The GAB came under scrutiny lately after it was found that the board, which serves as the top election oversight agency in the state, missed an important federal deadline for mailing absentee ballots to oversees voters, including military personnel from Wisconsin...
Dane County is the second most populous county in the state and has the highest proportional percentage of Democratic voters.
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Editor's Note: There you go...Good to see law enforcement is focused on enforcing laws in Wisconsin...
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