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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Milwaukee Vote Fraud

Having lived in Milwaukee during the 2000 election and witnessing the "Cigarettes for Votes" scandal (as well as several Marquette students voting multiple times) I have a special interest in vote fraud. Today the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has two articles on the subject.

The first, from Greg J. Borowski:

The newspaper’s review, the most extensive analysis done so far of the election, revealed 1,242 votes coming from a total of 1,135 invalid addresses. That is, in some cases more than one person is listed as voting from the address. Of the 1,242 voters with invalid addresses, 75% registered on site on election day, according to city records.

While the number is not enough to have determined the outcome of the statewide presidential contest, the revelation prompted renewed criticism Monday by state Republicans and raised concerns at City Hall about how well records were kept on and after a frenzied election day.

Already, the newspaper has reported that about 8,300 more votes were cast than the number of people recorded by the city as voting. This appears to be due to cases where cards from those who presented identification and registered on election day could not be processed, a gap that the city’s own estimates had put at more than 10,000.

In any case, those are not included in the city database and are not part of the paper’s review, which involved checking each voter’s address against two separate lists of properties in the city.

A spot check of addresses that came back as invalid found cases where the address in question is a park, a baseball diamond and at or near the W. Wisconsin Ave. bridge. In most cases, though, there simply was no building at that address.

Charges have also been filed in an election day tire-slashing (from Derrick Nunnally):

Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann announced the felony charges – each of which could result in a 3 1/2-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine - in a rare news conference.

“This isn’t what goes on all the time in Wisconsin,” McCann said. “I don’t think that it takes a great deal of acumen to estimate what the intent was.”

The men charged with flattening 40 tires include Michael Pratt, 32, the son of former Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt, and Sowande A. Omokunde, 25, the son of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee). According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, the five men conspired, without the knowledge of top Democratic Party officials, to plaster Republican Party headquarters on W. Capitol Drive with Democratic signs and stickers, something they dubbed Operation Elephant Takeover.


Then read columnist Eugene Kane, always eager to excuse corruption:

The charges for the Great Tire-Slashing Case were felonies, which raises eyebrows when you figure that some folks can do damage to a living, breathing person and still get away with a misdemeanor. In most situations, this sort of property damage would be routine police blotter stuff without the presence of some political intrigue. But in this case, two of the men are the sons of high-profile Milwaukee politicians. Michael Pratt is the son of former Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt; Sowande A. Omokunde is the son of new U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

Routine police blotter stuff? Sabotaging a party's "get out the vote" effort on election day is routine (ed: In Milwaukee it has become routine.)? Kane indicates that this story would be less important if some of the slashers were not the adult children of high profile Democrats, to which I say, Duh. That fact makes the sabotage look like an act of political sabotage instead of an act of petty vandalism.

Eugene wants to have it both ways in this article. He wants to excuse the perpetrators behavior because of the pressures of being raised by prominent politicians, and at the same time excuse their parents (the "kids" involved, Michael Pratt and Sowande A. Omokunde, are 32 years old and 25 years old, respectively) from any responsibility for their actions. I happen to think that the age of the perpetrators makes the crime seem worse, not better. But that's just me.


  • The bigotry of the MSM is evident in Wisc. Democratic felons are just being blown out of proportion. This is why they are losing their markets.
    Rod Stanton

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:08 PM  

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