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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

 12:21 PM 

Milwaukee Co DA refers complaint on use of federal Job Corps vans to take voters to polls



Milwaukee County Assistant DA Bruce Landgraf said he has referred a complaint to FBI that a federal Job Corps van was used to ferry program participants to the polls on Tuesday.

"If it were a state employee using a state vehicle it might warrant an investigation of possible misconduct in public office," he said.

The program provides education and career technical training to those aged 16 to 24 and is administered through the U.S. Labor Department.

James Roberts, the director of the Job Corps center, was not immediately available. The receptionist said he was the only person who could take media calls.

The FBI was on hand at the call center that Milwaukee established to receive election-related complaints. Landgraf said 66 complaints involving unruly observers were received.

"Many of those complaints involved unhelpful observers trying to be helpful-- by that I mean they were giving directions to people about where to vote. The problem is that they were not always right," he said.

Landgraf noted that his team received 107 complaints during the 2008 election and 44 during the recent unsuccessful recall election of Gov. Scott Walker. However, this does not include allegations of voter fraud, and those numbers will not be known for some time.

"We got the perennial sampling of octogenarians who took out an absentee ballot then went to the polls," Landgraf said, adding that three of those complaints have come in so far and only one may have resulted in a double vote.

A Greendale man who registered to vote raised suspicions that he may not have been who he claimed to be because the telephone number he gave was not in service when poll workers called it with a question about his registration.

"He just gave an old number," Landgraf said. "He lived where he said he lived."

Landgraf said he suspects more of those complaints will come in soon.

Complaints that ineligible felons voted can take months to surface because voters names will have to be compared to the list provided by the Government Accountability Board, he said.

-- By Marie Rohde


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