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Prosecutor: SEIU organizer committed voter fraud in 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court election

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

Prosecutors believe a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) organizer fraudulently voted in a 2011 election in Wisconsin, according to documents provided to the Daily Caller by the Wisconsin-based government watchdog group Media Trackers.

An investigation by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has led to a subpoena of SEIU’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and has implicated the prominent labor union in a voter fraud case that threatens to lead to criminal prosecution.

Then-SEIU Senior Organizer-in-Training Clarence S. Haynes, who is no longer affiliated with the union and whose whereabouts are currently unknown, voted in the hotly contested April 2011 election for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat despite not being a resident of Wisconsin and leaving the state shortly after voting, according to an October 19, 2012 affidavit prepared by Bruce J. Landgraf, the assistant district attorney for Milwaukee County.

Haynes, who maintained an official permanent residence in Clearwater, Florida, allegedly voted along with two other SEIU organizers in Glendale, Wisconsin on April 5, 2011 — using a Residence Inn as their official address.

Haynes’ Bank of America debit card was used to make a final transaction in Glendale, Wisconsin on April 11, 2011. He checked out of the Residence Inn on April 18. His debit card transactions from May through August 2011 “appear to be concentrated for the most part in the State of Florida,” according to the affidavit.

“I think it reasonable to conclude that Mr. Haynes left Wisconsin in April 2011 and returned to his home state of Florida,” Landgraf wrote in the affidavit.

“Based upon these Affidavits, I would respectfully submit that there is probable cause to believe that Mr. Haynes voted without the proper qualifications as an elector when he cast a ballot on April 5, 2011,” Landgraf concluded.

Read the documents:

Oct 19 SEIU Voter Fraud Subpoena

Milwaukee County Court Commissioner Barry Slagle agreed, writing, “The Court … finds that probable cause exists to believe that the documents named in the attached subpoena constitute evidence of the commission of Election Law Crimes,” in issuing a subpoena for Haynes’ bank records.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has been investigating Haynes’ vote since November 2011. In April 2012, prosecutors issued a  subpoena for Haynes’ employment records to the SEIU’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Another subpoena issued in October 2012 for Haynes’ bank records yielded the new revelations.

The April 2011 Wisconsin election pitted incumbent Republican David Prosser against pro-union Democrat Joanne Kloppenburg in a state Supreme Court race that was viewed as a referendum on Republican Governor Scott Walker’s collective bargaining policies.

Pro-union groups spent heavily on television ads supporting Kloppenburg.