Suspected Felon Voters In Wisconsin: What’s Their Status?

While the presidential election took place ten months ago, the Wisconsin Election Commission appears to have only recently referred possible cases of felons casting votes to District Attorney’s offices around the state, according to one office that responded to Media Trackers request for comment.

The La Crosse Tribune reported recently that a woman from La Crosse has been charged with election fraud after she voted while on still on probation. The Tribune also noted that the Wisconsin Elections Commission referred a total of 79 cases of suspected felons voting in the 2016 election to District Attorneys across 28 different counties.

Wisconsin’s current law on felons voting states that:

Anyone convicted of a felony who has not yet completed the terms of their sentence, including probation, incarceration and supervision, is ineligible to vote. Felons become eligible to vote again only when they complete the terms of their sentence, including any term of probation or extended supervision.

Media Trackers contacted Reid Magney,  public information officer for the Wisconsin Elections Commission, who broke down the 79 cases by county. The most notable counties were Milwaukee, Dane, and Racine, who had 31, 8, and 7, referrals respectively. Only one county, Winnebago, had 3 referrals. Six other counties had two, and the other eighteen counties only had one case referred to their District Attorneys.

Media Trackers has reached out to the District Attorneys on the progress of those referrals, but we were told by one office that it is too early to get the results of the cases. They said the received the referral only six weeks ago. So far, we have received no other response to our inquiries.