MacIver News Service [Milwaukee, Wisc…] Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Election Fraud Task Force has brought two additional election fraud cases in Milwaukee.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice, acting as Special Prosecutor for Milwaukee County, has filed felony charges against David E. Lewis and Ramon Martinez, alleging that each defendant voted in the November 4, 2008, Presidential Election while on an active period of supervision as a convicted felon.
Each individual charge carries a potential penalty of imprisonment up to three and a half years and a $10,000 fine.
Both Lewis and Martinez are charged with one count of Voting by a Disqualified Person. Lewis is also charged with one count of Providing False Information to Election Officials. Both crimes are felonies. According to Wisconsin law, all felons on an active period of supervision for a felony offense are prohibited from voting in any election.
The complaint against Lewis alleges that he registered to vote at the polls on November 4, 2008, thereby certifying that he was a qualified elector. It also alleges that he then cast a ballot. At that time, Lewis was on an active period of probation for felony convictions in Milwaukee County. A separate complaint alleges that Martinez cast a ballot at the polls on November 4, 2008. At that time, Martinez was also on an active period of probation for felony convictions in Milwaukee County.
Lewis and Martinez are scheduled for an initial appearance on July 26, 2010, at 1 p.m.
The Task Force is an ongoing collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office and the Milwaukee Police Department.
Also today, Van Hollen announced that two other individuals previously charged with election fraud arising out of the November 4, 2008, Presidential Election were bound over for trial following their preliminary appearances in court this afternoon. Herbert and Suzanne Gunka were are each charged with the felony offense of Double Voting and had not guilty pleas entered as they appeared before Milwaukee County Circuit Court Commissioner David Sweet.
In this recent interview with MacIver News, Van Hollen vowed to make sure more resources were devoted to maintaining election integrity across the state during the upcoming 2010 election cycle: