Wisconsin felons could be hauled to jail for voting


David Lewis and Ramon Martinez are both apparently very passionate about the democratic process. So much that they weren't going to let a little thing like the law get in the way of making sure their voices were heard in the 2008 presidential election.

At the time, they were both on probation for felonies, which disqualified them from voting per Wisconsin law.

Consequently, Lewis and Martinez were both charged with one count of voting by a disqualified person. Lewis also faced a charge of providing false information to election officials, but that count has since been dropped.

Nabbing these two rogue voters was no easy task, either. It took a special group known as Election Fraud Task Force -- a combined effort of the Department of Justice, Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office and Milwaukee Police Department -- to bring the hammer down.

The two men pleaded guilty today, according to the Department of Justice, adding another conviction to their criminal records.

The real kicker is that they could face serious prison time for the offense. Each faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Lewis and Martinez face sentencing on November 9.

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