The Racine County Sheriff’s Office has finished its investigation into several June 5 recall election complaints. “All the reports have been turned over to the district attorney,” Racine County Sheriff’s Lt. Steven Sikora said Monday. The sheriff’s office also on Monday turned over its investigation into allegations that a Raymond town supervisor ripped up nomination papers pertaining to a separate Raymond recall, Sikora said. Sikora couldn’t say if the sheriff’s office is recommending charges for any election related complaints. “It’s now in the DA’s hands,” Sikora said. Following the June 5 recall elections, in which former state Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, defeated state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, multiple allegations of irregularities at the polls have come up.
The sheriff’s office investigated complaints pertaining to election materials found in a garbage bin at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, 2221 Douglas Ave. Also investigators looked into reports that people were bused into Racine County to vote, Sikora said. The sheriff’s office also investigated a variety of poll watcher complaints, including some alleged irregularities that were recorded, Sikora said. But he could not elaborate on the complaints and he said the reports are not public record at this time. “It’s still an open case,” Sikora said.
Head of the Racine GOP Election Observer program, Lou D’Abbraccio, said Monday he is anxious to find out the results of the sheriff’s investigation. “There were a number of things we elevated to their attention. Some were procedural and process oriented, others potentially rose to the level of criminal activity,” D’Abbraccio said. “We certainly need to ensure we have a fair election with some integrity in the process.”