The Wisconsin Supreme Court cited exactly one instance of voter fraud when it upheld the state’s controversial voter ID law 5-2–and the culprit was a Scott Walker supporter. The law, which remains blocked as a result of a federal judge’s April ruling that the law unfairly targeted poor and minority voters, would cut down on voter fraud according to supporters–but oddly not in the one case cited in the ruling. The law, however, that protects Wisconsin citizens from the state GOP is set to be appealed in the 7th Circuit court.
The justices cited a case from June in which fifty-year-old Robert Monroe–a proud Tea Partier– was charged with 13 counts of voter fraud. Monroe voted twice in the 2012 Presidential election using the addresses of two properties he owns in Milwaukee and one in Lebanon, Indiana. For Walker’s recall election, Monroe really amped up the “creative voting.” He cast five ballots for Walker five times–three times under his own name and twice via mail-in ballots using the names of his son and girlfriend’s son. Monroe claimed he had a form of amnesia that somehow made him forget voting under multiple names and addresses.
None of this, however, would be prevented by the state’s voter ID laws, according to Rick Hansen, a professor and election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. Hansen said that it “does not appear that ANY of the alleged 13 counts of voter fraud that Mr. Monroe was charged with would have been stopped by a voter id requirement,” as Monroe used his own name when he voted in person. He noted that the alleged voter fraud was caught without the law being in place.
President Barack Obama filed an amicus brief in the appeals court case on Wednesday urging the 7th Circuit to continue to protect Wisconsin citizens from the effects of this devastating ruling.