District attorney dismisses Racine County voter fraud cases
RACINE, Wis. - An investigation into alleged voter fraud in a senate recall election in Racine County has concluded.
After looking at four separate complaints, Racine County District Attorney W. Richard Chiapete has determined no crimes were committed.
Chiapete says much of what was reported as fraud turned out to be questions about rules violations, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Government Accountability Board and was not criminal in nature.
The Government Accountability Board on Friday said there was no evidence to back allegations of tampering with ballot bags.
The board's executive director Kevin Kennedy says unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud tend to unnecessarily undermine voters' confidence in election results.
Despite Chiapete's dismissal in the latest four cases, investigations stemming from the June 5th recall election do continue in Racine County.
Chiapete has asked the Racine City Clerk to identify any voter irregularities, such as ineligible voters who voted illegally and voters who may have voted more than once.
Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard lost the recall election to Democratic challenger John Lehman.