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2 Menomonie Men Charged With Election Fraud

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Two Menomonie men have been charged with election fraud, for allegedly voting in both Wisconsin and Minnesota in the 2008 presidential contest.

The charges are apparently the first from an ongoing investigation in which officials have compared voting records from both states.

When it was first reported earlier this year, the probe was said to be focused on college students who live in one state and go to school in the other.

In one of the Menomonie cases, a voter was accused of voting at the polls in western Wisconsin and with an absentee ballot near Saint Paul. The other was accused of voting at the polls in both states.

The Associated Press said the 2 states have found 35 instances in which voters in both had identical names and dates of birth. But authorities caution that it doesn’t automatically mean double-voting, since misunderstandings and listing errors do come into play.

Last week, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board told local officials not to discard their information from the 2008 elections – so it can be used as evidence in fraud cases. Minnesota’s Secretary of State office has told county auditors to keep their records as well.

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