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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Riley Charged with Multiple Voting

I had a long day. So I'm late to the party:
Donovan Riley, who dropped out of the race for a state Senate seat after allegations arose that he voted twice in the same election in 2000, was charged today by Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher with voter fraud.

Riley is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Sept. 11 [facing] a single count of felony election fraud-voting more than once.
How much of a cynic am I to believe that Paul Bucher is scheduling this hearing for the day before the primary so that he can get a little extra face time for his own election bid?

If Riley is found guilty, then he should face the music. I've written before about how voting is among our most basic responsibilities--it's not just a right--and should be taken seriously. What Riley is alleged to have done undermines that process and, perhaps worse, undermines other voters' faith that the process can work.

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