DNA Used to Catch Man Voting Over and Over
Robert Monroe cast 5 ballots in Wisconsin recall vote: police
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2014 9:42 AM CDT
A Wisconsin man allegedly committed voter fraud.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – How convinced may Robert Monroe have been that his vote in the 2012 presidential election mattered? So much so that the Wisconsin man allegedly cast an in-person absentee ballot in Shorewood on Nov. 1 then rented a car and drove some 250 miles to Lebanon, Ind., five days later, using his driver's license from that state (he owns a home there) to do so. And that's not all: When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker faced a recall vote, Monroe voted five times, per a criminal complaint filed Friday. The 50-year-old has been charged with voter fraud after allegedly voting multiple times in a series of elections, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

He also allegedly voted multiple times in contests in April and August 2011 and illegally voted in a 2012 primary. In order to reach their conclusions, investigators tested DNA on absentee ballot envelopes, finding Monroe's DNA on envelopes that appeared to be from others; the complaint says he cast votes under his son's name and that of his girlfriend's son. Each of his 13 felony charges carries up to 18 months in prison. Monroe has claimed that he has no memory of the elections, and that his Attention Deficit and Obsessive Compulsive medications weaken his mental sharpness, WISN reports. No word on who he voted for, though he donated to a Republican state senator ... and allegedly voted twice in her recall election.

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Ken Snyder
Jun 30, 2014 2:01 PM CDT
This is why voter id needs to be enacted. It does not matter which side of the political spectrum you sit on, you should want one vote per person and equality under the law. If one side can abuse the system, be sure that the other side will as well.
Jun 28, 2014 7:24 PM CDT
This is impossible...Conservatives in WI would like to enact voter ID laws but the democrats keep telling us there is no such thing as voter fraud!
Jun 26, 2014 2:51 PM CDT
Didn't vote nor like any Bushes but the current occupant has Bush beat by a long way. After six year things in just about every category has gotten much worse and you can't blame Bush six years later or you're not being intellectually honest. Obama's policies will end up destroying the Democrats advances and end-up turning a majority of American's against Liberalism. Right now, it's looking pretty bad for us and I put the blame squarely on our Presidents' shoulders.