A Merrimac woman is facing criminal charges for illegally voting as a convicted felon.
The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office this week charged 49-year-old Valerie A. Moran with election fraud, claiming she knowingly violated her voting restriction in the November 2014 general election.
The criminal complaint says the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board notified a Sauk County Sheriff’s Department detective of the alleged violation earlier this month. A Town of Merrimac official provided the detective with documents that showed Moran had signed the poll list on Election Day.
The detective alleged Moran admitted to voting on that date during a phone interview. Anyone under supervision or probation for a felony conviction cannot vote in Wisconsin.
“Moran stated she was not aware of that and apologized,” the detective states in the complaint.
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The complaint says Moran signed documents after she was convicted acknowledging that her voting rights would not be restored until her sentence was served in its entirety, including probation. If convicted, Moran faces a maximum sentence of 3 ½ years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.
Moran’s case is the second election fraud case to be filed in Sauk County this year. GAB officials said prosecutors asked that the agency stop referring election fraud cases due to a high number of false positives that a previous voter database caused prior to 2010.
With a new database online now, the GAB has begun to comb through voter rolls from the last four years in search of potential fraud cases.
Earlier this month, 39-year-old Andrew R. Knox, who faced one count of felony election fraud, pleaded no contest in Sauk County Circuit Court to an amended charge of misdemeanor falsification of voter registry information. He was issued a $379 fine.