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An update on our story yesterday about the Dane County Sheriff's Department and potential  voting by felons. The sheriff responds by (1) confirming the story, (2) lashing out at the whistleblower, who he calls "unethical," because he told the public about the policy of a public agency.


Sheriff Dave Mahoney, Photo Credit: Capitol Times


During an in-studio radio interview with a Madison talk show host on Monday, Sheriff Dave Mahoney attacked the whistleblower deputy and the conservative Milwaukee talk show host who blogged about an e-mail the deputy sent him. Mahoney called the whistleblower and talk show host “unethical” and said he couldn’t believe one of his officers would release the internal memo. The sheriff suggested that the deputy acted in an unprofessional fashion.

Mahoney vigorously denied that his office is facilitating possible voter fraud. “Absolutely not, we are not,” he told the radio show host. But by not checking an inmate’s potential felony status, Mahoney is shifting his own responsibility to enforce the law on to municipal clerks. In the aftermath of Wisconsin’s hyper-intense political season of the past 18 months, many local clerks’ offices are worn down.

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