Apparently desperate in Wisconsin, Republican operatives working for the Koch brothers funded group Americans For Prosperity (AFP) have been caught sending absentee ballots to Democrats with instructions to return the ballots after the election date.
The implication seems clear: Republicans are trying to suppress voter turnout in support of Democrats seeking office in the upcoming state senate recall elections.
Monday night the Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced they will file a formal complaint against the Koch brothers and their group, Americans For Prosperity. Wisconsin Democrats are seeking “the immediate end to the Koch Brothers-funded scheme to suppress Democratic votes in upcoming recall elections and called on six recall Republican senators to denounce the tactic.”
Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate issued the following statement:
Scott Walker has sought the help of the corporate front group “Americans For Prosperity,” and here they come with dirty tricks clearly meant to meddle in our elections and suppress votes against the Koch Brothers’ agenda. Wisconsin’s election authorities must stop the black hand of the corporate special interests and their front groups who are trying to strangle democracy in our state and support the six Republican senators now facing recall.
These six Republicans must immediately denounce the AFP scheme or it will signal to the public that they endorse the suppression of Wisconsin votes.
The following is a sample of relevant tweets from Monday night’s Twitter steam:
Americans for Prosperity (Koch Bros) send out WI absentee ballot applications with the wrong return date. Ugh #wiunion
#Koch Funded #AmericansforProsperity sending absentee ballots to #WI #Dems with late return date #wiunion #KochSlime #p2
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Koch Bros’ Group Being Completely Evil Ahead of #WISCONSIN Recall
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Koch Brothers and Americans for Prosperity flirt with Election Fraud
Koch Bros. group publishes absentee ballot applications with wrong election date in Wisconsin
Isn’t sending fake absentee ballot applications a crime? You’d think so.
According to at least one report, Matt Seaholm, state director of Wisconsin AFP, blamed the mistake on a typo, saying his group was not trying to mislead anyone.
What do you think? Is this an innocent mistake – a typo? Or is this voter fraud – a craven and despicable attempt to disenfranchise Wisconsin voters?