Watch out for voter fraud, Wisconsin

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Wisconsin, a swing state in a tight presidential election, should be poised to make a mark this year. It shouldn't, however, have its role in the 2008 election, which also includes U.S. House races and state Legislature contests, marred by allegations of voter registration fraud.

Unfortunately, several charges of election fraud have come up in recent weeks. They need to be dealt with swiftly and firmly. In one of the more recent cases, 21-year-old Milwaukee resident Endalyn Adams was accused of submitting dozens of fake names and addresses as a registration worker. Adams was working for the Community Voters Project, one of two primary groups facing scrutiny. The Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now is also under scrutiny.

In the Adams case, it appears more like a young woman trying to keep her job than one party trying to influence votes. The complaint claims Adams "was required to obtain 15 (completed) voter registration forms a day" or she would lose her job, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

While the state Legislature passed a series of reforms that barred per-signature payments because it's an incentive to submit false names, it's clear more need to be done.

There is a bipartisan effort worth noting. Atty. Gen J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican, and Milwaukee County Dist. Atty. John Chisholm, a Democrat, recently created a fraud task force to review any complaints filed between now and Nov. 4.

Between five and seven prosecutors with the district attorney's office will be assigned to investigators. About 15 Milwaukee police officers also will deal with any problems that may emerge on Election Day.

No other county is involved in the task force yet, but Van Hollen has said that his office will be ready to deal with reports of fraud elsewhere in Wisconsin.

Let's hope people stay vigilant and registration workers do the job they were hired to do throughout our fair state. There is too much at stake this election for even the hint of dishonesty.

- The Editors


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