One supporter of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker might not be in legal hot water if he’d just gotten an “I voted” sticker.
Robert Monroe, of Shorewood, Wis., was indicted last Friday on 13 felony counts related to illegal voting. Information about the investigation into Monroe was revealed when documents related to a secret investigation into the Wisconsin governor’s campaign and the 2011 and 2012 recall elections, according to Wispolitics, the blog that first reported on the investigation. TPM also reported on the allegations earlier Thursday.
Monroe’s explanation? He was suffering from amnesia that wiped out his memories of the ballot box on the election days.
Walker, who prosecutors in the secret “John Doe” investigation alleged led a “criminal scheme” to coordinate illegally with conservative interest groups during the state senate recalls in 2011 and his own recall in 2012, was not targeted in this criminal investigation. He has also denied any wrongdoing related to the John Doe investigation, which is currently on hold while a federal appeals court considers a lawsuit aimed at shutting it down.
Monroe allegedly voted multiple times during both the 2012 recall election and the 2012 presidential election. In the presidential election, he drove from his home in Wisconsin to Indiana, where he owns a house, and voted there.
This is believed to be the most egregious case of multiple voting in the state’s history. He could face up to 45 years in prison and $130,000 in fines if convicted on all counts.