The right, and the Tea Party bloc in particular, has been trying to warn us of the massive voter fraud being committed in this country. According to them, our elections are meaningless because we don’t know the true count of legitimate votes. They are convinced that since elections keep going against them, there must be liberals casting fraudulent ballots on an epic scale.
Never mind that 50 year-old Scott Walker supporter Robert Monroe used the addresses of two properties he owns in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Lebanon, Indiana as well as the identities of other family members to cast multiple ballots in several elections since 2011.
A 26 page complaint was released on Friday by the Milwaukee County Circuit Court charging Monroe with 13 felony counts of voter fraud and double voting.
The complaint alleges that in the 2012 Presidential election, Monroe cast his vote in Milwaukee and then got into a rental car and drove to Lebanon, Indiana where he again voted using his own name and the address of his property in Lebanon.
That was not Monroe’s best effort, however, In the Walker recall election, he cast five ballots for Walker using his address, the address of his parents home and the names of various family members — a mistake that caused his downfall.
The investigation originated in Waukesha where Monroe’s son lives. His son was suspected of having voted using both his address and his father’s address. When it was determined that Benjamin Monroe had voted only in person at his home polling place and had never applied for an absentee ballot at the Milwaukee address, the focus of the investigation shifted back to Milwaukee and Robert Monroe.
While Monroe has a convenient case of amnesia claiming to have no memory of those elections, DNA testing on the flaps of the envelopes the absentee ballots that were mailed in found only Robert Monroe’s DNA.
Grant Mueller, the son of Monroe’s girlfriend, was one of the names that Monroe used to file absentee ballots. When first questioned Mueller claimed no knowledge of any absentee ballots. Upon learning that Monroe was being charged, he recanted his statement and fell upon his sword like a good soldier claiming that he was the one who had filed that absentee ballot and not the man who, as he told state investigators, “was more like a father to him than his biological father.”
If convicted of all counts and the sentences are served consecutively, Monroe faces as much as 45 years in prison. But no matter the sentence, once convicted of a felony, Mr. Monroe will lose his right to vote.
h/t: Crooks and Liars