Wisconsin Says At Least 60 People Voted Illegally In Primary

Dozens of 17-year-olds reportedly voted illegally in last year’s Wisconsin primary

A new state report says scores of 17-year-olds voted illegally in almost 30 Wisconsin counties during last spring's presidential primary.

The Wisconsin Election Commission's chairman says Bernie Sanders' campaign needs to take responsibility for blurring state laws on 17-year-olds voting in its social messaging ahead of last year's presidential primary.

The referrals included at least 60 cases of 17-year-olds voting in the April primary in 29 counties.

District Attorney Tim Gruenke is confident that the teenager in question honestly thought he could vote, so no charges were filed.

"Frankly, we heard that some of these 17-year-olds were intimidating for the poll workers and they insisted they had the right to vote, and some of the election inspectors basically gave into that argument", Haas said. But commission officials on Tuesday said it was primarily Sanders' campaign, though commission spokesman Reid Magney acknowledged that staff didn't see anything misleading from Sanders about Wisconsin laws, specifically.

Republican Ted Cruz won the GOP primary in Wisconsin.

Sanders campaign officials didn't immediately respond to an email Monday seeking comment. Sanders may have said 17-year-olds could vote in one state and his supporters or kids twisted the message as it spread across the internet, she suggested. Like Naze, Lasee said the teens genuinely believed they could vote and there was no intent to commit fraud.

"It wasn't a case of anyone sneaking in", Magney said.

Go forward, Dane County Election Clerk Scott McDonell said focusing education efforts at the high school level could be beneficial. The state ultimately voted for Trump in the November general election, marking the first time a Republican presidential candidate had won Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Ozanne said he hasn't decided whether to charge the remaining three teens.

"My concern is that I certainly don't want a bunch of 17-year-olds ending up with a criminal record just because they wanted to participate", said Commissioner Mark Thomsen.

"It's all the more reason voter ID is important".

He said the body overseeing state elections, then called the Government Accountability Board, didn't see similar instances of teenage voter fraud in the 2008 or 2012 presidential elections. He said he anticipates poll workers will probably make a point of checking birthdays as well as names on the cards from now on.

The report also noted a number of other instances of individuals voting twice in the same election and undeliverable address verification postcards returning to clerks.

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