UPDATE: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's spin is in:
The report, which covers many issues first reported by the Journal Sentinel in early 2005, provides a look at the level to which police investigated the problems, which included a gap of several thousand more votes counted than people recorded as having voted.
The report comes long after criminal investigations by the Milwaukee County district attorney's office and the U.S. attorney's office have been closed. Thus, instead of providing further guidance to prosecutors, the 67-page document may be more useful to election officials in identifying problems with the system heading into this fall's presidential election.
Neil Albrecht, the deputy director of the city Election Commission, said the report "validates" the efforts by a city task force, appointed by Mayor Tom Barrett, to review election procedures. All recommendations of that task force have been implemented, he said.
U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic has said investigators found no evidence of widespread fraud. About a dozen cases, including felons who illegally voted or people who allegedly voted twice, were prosecuted, with spotty results.
In some cases, the report highlights sloppiness by poll workers, or in clerks entering data.
Translation: CYA mission complete.
My take: CYA mission is an embarrassment as well as a failure.
What is the 67 page "Report of the Investigation into the November 2, 2004 General Election in Milwaukee"?
---It is proof that voter fraud in Milwaukee is very, very real.
---It is proof that instances of voter fraud in Milwaukee in the November 2, 2004 election were not rare.
---It is proof that Milwaukee citizens are disenfranchised by a state government that permits same day, on-site, no photo ID voter registration.
---It is proof that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is clueless and/or crooked.
---It is proof that U.S. Representative Gwen Moore is clueless and/or crooked.
---It is proof that Democrat Wisconsin state representatives and senators are clueless and/or crooked.
---It is proof that Governor Jim Doyle, who VETOED a bill that provided for FREE voter photo IDs, is clueless and/or crooked.
---It is proof that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board is a shill for Democrats and complicit in the disenfranchisement of Milwaukeeans and Wisconsinites by consistently objecting to proposals to ensure the integrity of Wisconsin’s elections.
Most importantly, the "Report of the Investigation into the November 2, 2004 General Election in Milwaukee" is an invitation.
It is an invitation to all interested in stealing elections.
Give us your felons, your frauds, your fakes, yearning to vote free and frequently.
Some tidbits from the report:
The majority of the issues cited in the report seem to be record keeping issues, which makes the possibility for voter fraud that much greater.
The report indicates 5,300 more ballots were cast than voters recorded, and it cites 1,305 unenterable on-site registration cards in Milwaukee as a possible reason for this voter gap.
Some of the onsite cards didn't have addresses in Milwaukee. Some weren't signed, and some didn't even have names.
...It states that 785 on-site registered voters had cards registered without dates of birth.
1305 people were found with "un-enterable" on-site registration cards due to valid addresses, names, identifications, signatures, voter numbers, illegibilities or lack of home in the City of Milwaukee.
41% of them voted.
55 people on the "un-enterable" list were found to live outside the city of Milwaukee on the date of the election. The investigation says that even if there was no criminal intent on any part of these people to vote incorrectly, it still proved that election inspectors were not following state laws properly in these cases.
One case involved someone from Chicago who registered to vote by simply placing on their registration card an address of a friend with whom they were staying on West Pierce Street in Milwaukee.
Another used a Journal Sentinel newspaper as proof of residency. Others placed suburbs of Wauwatosa and Greenfield on their address listing, but poll inspectors allowed them to vote in Milwaukee.
...Investigators discovered that 220 felons voted in the city of Milwaukee during the 2004 elections.
...The MPD investigation also found five felons who worked as election inspectors. It says that Kimberly Prude, one of the felons indicted by the U.S. Attorney's ofice, actually registered on-site voters. Additionally, the election commission gave the names of 18 convicted felons who worked as deputy registrars.
You shouldn't be.
The report recommends some simple solutions:
1. Eliminate on-site same day voter registration.
2. Require government-issued identification, such as a photo ID or a social security card, to vote.
Bottom line: I’m mad as hell.
My vote was stolen on November 2, 2004.
My civil rights are being violated by government officials refusing to take measures to prevent voter fraud in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin's November 2, 2004 election was dirty. It is highly likely that other elections have been and will be similarly soiled. Wisconsin’s Democrat elected officials are actively blocking attempts to clean up the mess.
Wisconsin Democrat elected officials, especially Governor Jim Doyle, should not be allowed to disenfranchise all Americans by failing to ensure the integrity of election results in Wisconsin in national elections.
The findings of the "Report of the Investigation into the November 2, 2004 General Election in Milwaukee" reveal that Wisconsin is a disgrace to the United States and democracy.
Most disturbing: Wisconsin Democrat elected officials, while maybe a bit embarrassed by the report, aren’t going to do a damn thing to rectify the situation.