Dane Co. Sheriff Says He Won’t Stop Felon Voters

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    Dane Co. Sheriff Says He Won’t Stop Felon Voters
    In a battleground state where voter fraud has been an issue in previous presidential elections, one leading county sheriff is saying his office won’t stop ineligible felon voters from casting a ballot. An internal memo from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office instructed deputies and other staff assigned to the county jail to facilitate the absentee ballot requests of inmates. Sent from Lt. Mark Twombly, the memo specifically instructed law enforcement officials to not check on the felony status of inmates and to help everyone vote regardless of their criminal record. In Wisconsin an individual serving jail time for a felony or under parole or supervision for a felony may not cast a ballot.

    Checking on whether or not an inmate is a felon would require a quick and simple check of the county law enforcement’s computer system. “It is going to be up to their polling location to research whether they are allowed to vote based on their criminal record, not the DCSO [Dane County Sheriff's Office],” Twombly wrote in a memo distributed to staff.

    The decision by the sheriff’s office to ignore felon status for inmate voters means that law enforcement officials will not be working to prevent further legal violations on the part of those in their custody.

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    In defending his decision to let potential voter fraud slip through, Mahoney said his present policy does not differ from that of previous sheriffs in Dane County. Mahoney has suffered repeated criticism from conservatives for his ongoing unwillingness to enforce the law on liberal protesters who harass and intimidate political opponents and staff in and around the state capitol in downtown Madison.

    Dane County is the second most populous county in the state and has the highest proportional percentage of Democratic voters.

    Lt. Twombly, the author of the memo prohibiting Sheriff’s Office officials from enforcing state election law, signed a petition to recall Governor Scott Walker from office.​
     
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    Isn't it ironic that people who call themselves Democrats have such contempt for democracy?
     
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    Felons should be allowed to vote. Nothing in the constitution prohibits them voting.
     
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    well, if it's not enumerated in the constitution, i'm sure all the alleged conservatives here will support the sheriff.

    i've heard the rant about enumerated powers about 6000 times here and i know they're not hypocrites
     
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    The Volokh Conspiracy » Felons and Voting


     
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    Well, except for the part that says they may be prohibited from voting.
     
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    Hmm it also says that their representatives in the house will be reduced in proportion to those not allowed to vote in their state.

    Has that happened?

    we need an audit on that right away.

    districts with prisons in them will likely lose a representative.
     
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    There is nothing in the Constitution which says felons may be prohibited from voting.

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    Is there something in the Constitution which allows a sheriff to violate the law?

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