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Two Milwaukee Men Convicted of Voting as Felons Are Sentenced

 

MILWAUKEEAttorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that two individuals charged with election fraud arising out of the November 4, 2008, Presidential Election were sentenced to jail today. David Lewis and Ramon Martinez both admitted that they voted illegally while on an active period of felony supervision. Lewis and Martinez were charged by the Election Fraud Task Force, a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office and the Milwaukee Police Department.

 

Judge Glenn Yamahiro ordered Lewis to serve 20 days in jail and pay a $250 fine. He also sentenced Martinez to 30 days in jail and a $750 fine. Lewis and Martinez had each entered guilty pleas to one count of Voting by a Disqualified Person. Lewis admitted that he registered to vote at the polls on November 4, 2008, and then cast a ballot. Martinez admitted to also casting a ballot at the polls on that day. Lewis and Martinez had both been on active periods of probation for felony convictions in Milwaukee County at the time of the election. A felon on an active period of supervision for a felony offense is prohibited by state law from voting in any election.

 

Both men had faced a maximum potential penalty of up to 3 ½ years and a $10,000 fine.

 

“The integrity of elections is dependent upon citizens and officials insisting they be conducted lawfully. Wisconsin's citizens should not have to wonder whether their vote has been negated or diminished by illegally cast ballots,” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

 

Prior to the November 2008 election, 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 Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office work cooperatively with local law enforcement and the Milwaukee Police Department as needed when investigation is required.

 

Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas represented the State.