Blog: The alleged voter fraud Indiana's ID law failed to catch

2014-06-24T12:00:00Z 2014-06-24T12:15:57Z Blog: The alleged voter fraud Indiana's ID law failed to catch nwitimes.com

From Wisconsin, we find the strange tale of Robert D. Monroe, who investigators say was able to illegally vote in Indiana, despite the state's voter ID law that was supposed to stop such fraud.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:

According to the complaint:

Monroe cast two ballots in the April 2011 Supreme Court election, two in the August 2011 Alberta Darling recall election, five in the Scott Walker-Tom Barrett recall, one illegal ballot in an August 2012 primary, and two ballots in the November 2012 presidential election.

In the presidential election, Monroe cast an in-person absentee ballot in Shorewood on Nov. 1 and drove a rental car to Lebanon, Ind., where he showed his Indiana driver's license to vote in person on election day, Nov. 6, the complaint charges. Monroe owns a house there, according to the complaint.

So there's the hole in the voter ID law, which seems to not catch voters with homes (and driver licenses) in multiple states. Then again, critics of the law say it has less to do with preventing voter fraud and more to do with making it more difficult for certain citizens to vote.

You might recall that the actual Indiana voter fraud that proponents say justified the Voter ID law involved absentee ballot fraud in the Robert Pastrick-George Pabey East Chicago mayoral election. The fact that voter ID does nothing to prevent such absentee ballot fraud once again becomes evident.

The complaint says investigators went as far as testing absentee ballot envelopes, supposedly sent by other people, to find only Monroe's DNA, and no DNA of the voters allegedly casting the votes.

It includes text messages between Monroe and his ex-wife, sons and brother, strongly urging them to vote. One text May 23, 2012, to a son reads, "You must go to city hall and register to vote. Every vote will be needed!... Please please please."

The complaint refers to Monroe as an executive within the health care industry who earned a master's degree in business administration at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013.

"He has expressed an interest in attending law school," the complaint reads.

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