RACINE, Wis (WSAU) A recount begins tomorrow in a Racine County election in which control of the Wisconsin Senate hangs in the balance. A canvass shows that Senate Republican Van Wanggaard lost his June 5 recall election to Democrat John Lehman by 834 votes. And if the result holds up, Democrats will take control of the Senate at least until November.
Republican Assembly Finance Chair Robin Vos of Racine County told Mike Gousha’s “Up Front” T-V show that voter fraud was part of the problem in Wanggaard’s election. And so was the G-O-P’s new requirement that people live in their current addresses for 28 straight days before they can vote. To register, people must show proof-of-residency using a limited list of things like driver’s licenses and utility bills. But in Racine County, a G-O-P poll watcher found that water bills addressed only to “occupant” were given as proof-of-residency. And in Waukesha County, the League of Women Voters said one person used a “Jiffy Lube” receipt to register.
Carolyn Castore of the League of Women Voters said the law needs to be administered more uniformly around the state. She said college students who had just left their campuses had trouble voting on June 5 unless they voted absentee. The state Government Accountability Board said students need to be responsible for being sure where they can and can’t vote. And the agency will announce proper procedures for following residency laws before the fall primaries on August 14th.