A Wisconsin man who bragged on Facebook about committing voter fraud and even took to the airwaves in the state’s largest media market to vet his grievances about absentee ballot procedures in the Badger State has been arrested and charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors for voter fraud, the Wisconsin Department of Justice said in a press release on Thursday evening.
Harry E. Wait, 68, from Union Grove, Wisconsin, is accused of two counts of election fraud and two counts of unauthorized use of an individual’s personal identifying information, Law And Crime reported, citing the press release.
The self-described Trump supporter now faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each misdemeanor charge, the criminal complaint says. The more serious identity use charges are Class H felonies that are each punishable by up to six years in prison and a $10,000, according to that same document. In total, he could face up to 13 years in prison if convicted.
Authorities said that Wait allegedly requested two people’s ballots without their consent while running a booth at the Racine County Fair last month.
“The complaint states that, in multiple online videos and other correspondence, Mr. Wait admitted requesting the ballots using the other individuals’ personal identifying information,” the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office said.
While the two individuals were not identified in the complaint, Wait said in an interview with WISN-TV three days after the alleged crimes that he’d ordered ballots in the names of Racine Mayor Cory Mason and Wisconsin State Rep. Robin Vos, the speaker of the state assembly.
On Facebook, Wait wrote a post saying he had done so to expose “significant vulnerabilities” in the state’s election system. “I stand ready to be charged for exposing these voting vulnerabilities,” Wait allegedly wrote.
Read the full report at Law And Crime.