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Volunteer for Group Opposing WI Voter ID Law Charged with Election Fraud

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By: Brian Sikma

A Florida woman charged Monday with two counts of election fraud in Milwaukee appears to have once worked for a community-organizing group that is fighting to stop Wisconsin from implementing its voter ID law. Yadira Colon, formerly of Wisconsin, pled no contest to charges that she illegally registered to vote in 2008 (lying about where she lived to election officials) and forged signatures on nominating petitions for then State Rep. Pedro Colon (D), no relation. Ms. Colon currently lives in Florida.

The Spanish Journal, a bilingual Milwaukee news source, is reporting that Ms. Colon apparently worked for Voces De La Frontera, a group known for championing liberal and pro-labor causes. Voces, as it is commonly called, is one of several groups that filed a lawsuit against Wisconsin’s newly passed voter ID law which requires voters to show a photo ID to confirm identity when they go to the polls. The lawsuit they filed successfully led to the law being suspended by a Dane County court.

Members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court have refused to hear the voter ID case before the November 6th election. This means that Wisconsin, a state known for examples of voter fraud, will not be protected by a piece of legislation that mirrors similar election integrity legislation in states like Indiana.

In a statement announcing the start of the lawsuit last December, Voces released a statement that read in part:

 “The photo ID requirement is a repressive law aimed at deterring Latino voters from coming to the polls,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the executive director of Voces. “The Wisconsin Constitution guarantees all citizens and Wisconsin residents the right to vote and we intend to ardently protect that right.”

The election fraud charges accepted by Colon destroy the often embraced notion by individuals and groups on the Left that fraud, voter fraud or election fraud, does not exist and does not pose a threat to the integrity of Wisconsin’s electoral process. Advocates of the voter ID law argue that once it is in place it will add a needed protection to the system without causing mass voter disenfranchisement.

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