County investigators have found no evidence of criminal activity after looking into claims of alleged voter fraud at Racine polling places during the June 5 recall election. The Racine County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s office made the announcement via a press release on Friday, stating that they will not be filing charges related to the allegations. The announcement comes after a nearly month-long investigation the two offices the made into four separate complaints of alleged voter fraud. The complaints included allegations of a poll worker soliciting voters, the discovery of suspicious voter registration documents in garbage bin, the mishandling of absentee ballots, and violations involving same-day voter registration procedures. The complaints arose after former state Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, defeated state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, in the June 5 recall.
In the release officials state that “a thorough inquiry” was made into the “somewhat limited information” provided to the offices in the complaints, and the “information did not rise to the level required for a criminal prosecution. Complaints about poll workers, same day registration procedures and electioneering, can be, but in this case, did not rise to the level of a crime in Wisconsin,” the release states.
The release goes on to state that the DA’s office has requested that the Racine City Clerk’s office identify voter irregularities; “such as ineligible voters who voted illegally and voters who may have voted more than once.” If vote irregularities are discovered, it will ask that the names of those voters be forwarded to law enforcement for prosecution.