Remember the presidential election in Wisconsin? No, not last week’s primary, I mean the election of 2004, the one in which John Kerry defeated President Bush about about 11,000 votes out of 3 million cast in that state. During and after Election Day, reports of voter fraud in Wisconsin were numerous. For the most part, the nation as a whole ignored it, as Wisconsin’s electoral votes had not been important.
Well, the Milwaukee Police Department just released its report on the voter fraud allegations in the city, and dropped this bombshell: “The reports of more ballots cast than voters recorded were found to be true.”
How may more, you ask? More than 4,500. Here’s the report again (emphasis added):
. . . the Election Commission reported that between 4600 and 5300 more ballots were cast than voters who can be accounted for . . .
That in and of itself is nearly half the margin of victory for Kerry in the state.
Who was the perpetrators in the fraud, you ask? The report only mentions “a major political party,” but it does drop one big hint here on the problems with Deputy Registrars (election officials) in the state (emphasis added):
. . . 18 persons were sworn in as Deputy registrars in 2004 that were convicted felons and under Department of Correction Supervision. Of the 15 felons that listed a sponsoring organization, eight named ACORN as their sponsoring agency.
ACORN just happens to be an offshoot of the violent radical left of the 1960’s, and its politics still lean heavily that way (National Review).
Here’s the report’s coup de grace (emphasis in original):
It is difficult for the investigators to believe that paid professional campaign staff members, who were tasked with assisting in the registration of new voters and the facilitation of these voters too, among other things, vote by Absentee ballot, the chosen method of voting for most of the individuals listed, would not have had a working knowledge of the voter eligibility requirements in the State of Wisconsin
. . .
The belief of the investigators is that each of these persons had to commit multiple criminal acts in an effort to reach their ultimate goal of voting.
The only thing that prevented indictments and arrests were city election records that were too badly hosed to be useful in court.
The more I read from the report, the more shocked and angry I am. Had President Bush lost Ohio, Wisconsin’s electoral votes would have handed the election to Kerry. After reading this, I have no idea how Wisconsin actually voted.
Wisconsin might be close again in 2008 (especially with Ralph Nader back in the running). Could history repeat itself?