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MILWAUKEE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Election Fraud Task Force has brought its second electoral fraud case. The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office has filed felony charges against Adam Mucklin for Providing False Information to an Election Official and Intentional Violation of Election Duty.
According to the criminal complaint, Mucklin served as a Special Registration Deputy for the City of Milwaukee and was paid by the Community Voters Project, a special interest group organized under the auspices of the Fund for the Public Interest. Prior to becoming a Special Registration Deputy and registering to vote during the summer of 2008, Mucklin was convicted of the felony offense of Substantial Battery on April 22, 2008 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Mucklin is currently serving his felony offense and his civil rights will not be restored until January 10, 2012, when he is scheduled to be discharged from supervision. When pleading guilty to the Substantial Battery charge, Mucklin acknowledged that he was ineligible to vote. When registering to vote, Mucklin falsely certified that he was not disqualified from voting. Special Registration Deputy training materials provided by the Milwaukee Elections Commission also made clear that to serve as a Special Registration Deputy, one must be a qualified elector (i.e., eligible voter).
Each charge carries a potential penalty of imprisonment up to 3 years and a $10,000 fine.
Last month, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced the creation of the Election Fraud Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional action team that evaluates, investigates and prosecutes complaints of electoral fraud. The Department of Justice and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office work cooperatively with local law enforcement as needed when investigation is required.
A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of violation of criminal law. A defendant enjoys a presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.
All media inquiries about this case should be directed to Milwaukee County District Attorney Chisholm's office to the attention of Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf at 414-278-4645 in the District Attorney's Public Integrity Unit.
A copy of the criminal complaint can be accessed below: