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US Atty Targeted Dem-voting Areas in WI Voter Fraud Witch-hunt

By Judith Davidoff and David Callender  Posted by Michael Leon (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink

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Editor's Note: Today’s Capital Times’ (Madison, WI) piece by Judith Davidoff and David Callender reveals that US Atty Stephen Biskupic’s push to investigate alleged voter fraud was not limited to Milwaukee but also targeted the high Democratic-voting areas of the city of Madison and Southeastern Wisconsin. 

Biskupic, after publicly finding no evidence of any widespread pattern of fraud or voter irregularities as part of a bipartisan task force, launched the voter fraud investigations and subsequent prosecutions (the most in the nation) anyway, precisely in accordance with the national Republican program to suppress Democratic turnout.

Writes Davidoff and Callender:

As part of a push to prosecute voter fraud cases across the country, federal prosecutors in Milwaukee requested the voting rolls for the city of Madison from the November 2004 election, according to documents released to Congressional investigators looking into last year’s firing of eight U.S. Attorneys.

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The documents, released in response to a request from U.S. Sens. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, both Wisconsin Democrats, show that state and national Republican leaders and immigration groups exerted intense pressure on federal authorities to initiate fraud investigations during and after the heated 2004 presidential election.

Democrat John Kerry won Wisconsin by roughly 12,000 votes, or less than 1 percent of the electorate. Republicans charged that the victory was due to widespread voter fraud.

An investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and local officials in Milwaukee, however, found no evidence of any widespread pattern of fraud or voter irregularities.

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Michael Leon is a writer living in Madison, Wisconsin. His writing has appeared nationally in The Progressive, In These Times, and CounterPunch. He can be reached at maleon64@yahoo.com.

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