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Wisconsin voter ID supporter caught voting for colleague

By David Edwards
Thursday, February 23, 2012 10:51 EDT
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Wisconsin state Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R)
 
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A Wisconsin state representative who supported the state’s voter ID law is now be accused of voter fraud himself.

A YouTube video titled “Proof Of Voter Fraud In The Wisconsin State Assembly” shows Republican state Rep. Joel Kleefisch getting out of his chair to electronically cast a vote for a member who was away from the Assembly floor.

Wisconsin state Assembly rule 76 clearly says that “[o]nly the members present in the assembly chamber may vote.”

On Wednesday, WTMJ’s Rob Koebel asked Kleefisch if he broke that rule.

“It depends on how you interpret the rule,” Kleefisch replied. “The rule says you have to be present in the chamber. The bathroom counts as the chamber. And the parlor counts as a chamber if you are going to eat.”

It wasn’t immediately clear which member Kleefisch had been voting for or if that member had been in the bathroom or parlor at the time.

Democratic state Rep. Jason Fields told Koebel that the practice is common among both Republicans and Democrats.

“Yeah, it’s done when you have a conversation with your seat mate to know where they are at,” Fields explained.

For his part, Kleefisch dismissed the video as an attempt at character assassination of him and his wife, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R), who is facing a recall election.

“We are targets. My wife is under recall. We are targets,” the Oconomowoc Republican said. “He shoots specific video of me when he could have shot 24 to 50 people at that time.”

Recall elections for Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four state senators appear likely to go forward after a judge recently denied Walker’s petition for more time to review recall petitions. Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Board posted online more than 850,000 signed petitions calling for the lieutenant governor’s recall.

Watch this video from WTMJ, broadcast Feb. 22, 2012.

 
David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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