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Border Jumping: Not Just in Arizona

From "The We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections Campaign," an unaffiliated group of concerned citizens that follows issues affecting
Wisconsin elections.

This story has been around for awhile:  A woman boards a bus in northern Wisconsin and is taken to numerous polling places in Minnesota to vote.  Did this really happen?  According to residents in the Menomonie Wisconsin area it did indeed happen.  Stories similar to this have been circulating around the state for quite awhile, but most of them involve people “border jumping” INTO Wisconsin and illegally voting here. 

Can this happen?  Yes it can, and one of the ways it can happen is through an election law permitting “corroboration.”  Verifying where you live only takes one resident from the polling location to “corroborate” or say that he knows you and that you live in his ward.  This is what classically happens with “border jumping.”

And this “corroborating” policy also allows abuse within our own communities.  For example, let’s say a person goes to his polling place and votes, but as he walks out, he asks each person in line, “Do you need me to “corroborate” your residency in this ward?”  In other words, he is saying, “I’ll tell the registration officials that I know you and that you live here.”  It’s as easy as that.

Recently the Government Accountability Board (GAB), to its credit, announced the results of an investigation they have been working on with the state of Minnesota.  Thirty-five cases of “border jumping” have been uncovered in the 2008 presidential election.  These cases have been sent to the local district attorneys where the alleged crimes occurred for further investigation.  GAB has also stated that they are hoping to work with Illinois and other bordering states to do similar investigations.   We will be watching for this to happen.

What can we do about this?  We need you to be at the polls as election observers, watching for this type of behavior, taking down names and addresses of the people involved and reporting it to the authorities.  By authorities we mean the police or the local district attorney.  If it is proven that the person does not really live in the ward, both parties, the voter and the corroborator, have just committed voter fraud, a felony that carries with it $10,000 fine/3yr. prison term. 

Simply put, our presence, at the polling places may stop some of these “shenanigans” from occurring.  

Wisconsin Has One of the Most Fraud Prone Election Systems in the Country:

* No Photo I.D. required * Deceased people “vote” * Residency requirement is only 10 days * People could easily vote more than once * People could steal your vote by simply giving your name & address. * People from bordering states can vote here too * Our State-wide Voter Registration List has thousands of unverified names on it * Over-worked and under-trained poll workers can lead to errors.*

What Can You Do?


Who Can Observe?  Each and Every One of Us 

When and Where Can You Observe?

1. At the Polling Place on Election Day

2. At the Polling Place After the Polls Close

3. Absentee Ballot Count Locations (ask your clerk)

4. During Absentee Voting in a Clerk’s Office Prior to the Election

5. At Nursing Homes, etc., Prior to the Election

We have the tools to make you an Effective Observer:

1. Election Observer Manual

2. Companion PowerPoint Presentation

3. Training Classes Are Open to the General Public: TBA

 Call Jon Waclawski at 608-239-2996 to arrange a training program.

Where can I find these tools:

Where do I sign up?  Go to <>  

The GOP has the infrastructure and an attorney in place to help us facilitate this effort of keeping our elections fair and honest.  Sign-up and training classes are open to the general public.

Upon contacting the Wisconsin Democrat Party, they provided  no link for training or sign-up.


The We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections Campaign is an unaffiliated group of concerned citizens that follows issues affecting Wisconsin elections.

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