Dane Co. Sheriff Says He Wont 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 wont stop ineligible felon voters from casting a ballot. An internal memo from the Dane County Sheriffs 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 enforcements 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 sheriffs 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. -- 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 Sheriffs Office officials from enforcing state election law, signed a petition to recall Governor Scott Walker from office.