A staffer for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin circulated and signed recall petitions from two different addresses in 2011 and 2012, all the while voting from only one of those addresses. Under state law, it is illegal to falsify information on a recall petition.
William Edward “Bill” Grau is a regional organizing director at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and this election cycle Grau is based in Wausau, his hometown. In late 2011 and early 2012, Grau circulated and signed petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R) from office. On November 17, 2011, Grau signed a Walker recall petition and claimed that his address was 1200 Observatory Drive in Madison. That address is a University of Wisconsin – Madison dorm. On January 4, 2012, Grau signed another Walker recall petition and claimed that his address was 503 Ruder Street in Wausau.
According to Wisconsin voting records, Grau has only ever voted from his 503 Ruder Street address in Wausau. During the April 2011 election, Grau voted in-person in Wausau. For the April 2012 election he again cast an in-person ballot in Wausau.
There are no voting records that confirm Grau’s claim on the 2011 recall petition that his legal residence was a UW-Madison dormitory.
Grau has worked for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin since late 2015, and before that he worked as an intern for both the Mary Burke for Governor campaign, Obama for America, and the Wisconsin State Assembly. On LinkedIn he says he was at the University of Wisconsin – Madison from 2011 through 2015, graduating with bachelors degree in political science.
One of the Democratic candidates that Grau is assisting this cycle is Mandy Wright, who is hoping to capture the 85th Assembly District for Democrats.