A Milwaukee man has been charged earlier this month with one count of felony election fraud. In the state of Wisconsin, it is illegal for an individual serving a sentence for a felony crime to vote in any election. A felon must have fully completed his or her sentence before exercising a right to vote.
According to reports, the Milwaukee man was convicted in 2006 for possession of a firearm and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The drug charge and firearm charge were both felonies. While the man was on probation, he voted in the 2008 presidential election. However, because probation was part of the man’s sentencing for the 2006 felony charges, he had not yet completed his full sentence even with his bellingham speeding ticket attorney. Because he was not finished serving his sentence, his vote was considered illegal.