MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee County prosecutors are looking into two cases in which free items were apparently offered to round up voters for the Senate recall elections.
The Journal Sentinel said it obtained an e-mail in which Wisconsin Right to Life and Wisconsin Family Action offered gift and gasoline cards of up to $75 to volunteers.
Those volunteers were apparently supposed to convince people to fill out absentee ballot applications for the July recall primaries.
In the other case, state Republicans and another conservative group filed complaints against a liberal group called “Wisconsin Jobs Now.” The group held 5 block parties in Milwaukee last month which offered free food, prizes, and rides to City Hall where people could vote absentee.
Group director Mike Lauer said the events were legal, because nobody was required to vote to get the free food. But officials at the state Government Accountability Board said free food and rides to the polls should not be part of the same event.
Milwaukee County prosecutor Bruce Landgraf says he’s investigating. He also said he got complaints from the Milwaukee Election Commission and the Glendale city clerk about the alleged offer of gift cards by the pro-life groups to round up potential voters. He says it’s against state law to offer anything of value to vote.
Wisconsin Right to Life has not commented.