For the first time, a victim of vote fraud in Wisconsin is speaking out on the record amid a law enforcement investigation into whether his mother's vote was stolen. Paul (whose last name is being withheld because the investigation is ongoing) tells "The Dan O'Donnell Show" that his mother Marion, who has dementia and lives in a nursing home resident in Brookfield, voted 11 times since he had her right to vote legally stricken in 2015.
Paul, who is Marion's legal guardian, has documentation indicating that Marion is not legally allowed to vote. However, she did vote--starting in the 2017 Spring Primary and most recently in the 2020 Presidential Election. He first noticed this after checking on his own ballot status on the State of Wisconsin's MyVote website in December.
"When I looked up my mother, it shows her address at the nursing home as her address, and then it shows her voting 11 times dating back to 2017," he explained.
Paul assumed legal guardianship of Marion's financial affairs in 2010 when she first showed since of legal incompetence and then assumed full guardianship in 2015, when her dementia had advanced to the point that she could no longer take care of herself.
"My mom can't comprehend what's happening in a day," Paul said. "Right now in the nursing home she's at, she's supposed to have two people providing her 24-hour care. I don't care what you say, if I put a vote down for her, I'm voting for her, so I had her voting rights stricken."
Even adults under a guardianship or other form of legal protection by another retain their right to vote in Wisconsin unless the guardian revokes them, which Paul attests that he did in 2015. He said this was known to Marion's nursing home, which is not being identified because of the ongoing legal investigation into Marion's vote.
"At that point, I had the facts," Paul added, "I knew that my mom voted illegally right in front of me. I wanted to do what I can [to investigate this] because of what we sacrificed as a family to save my mom's life and get her back into this nursing home.
"So I contacted the City of Brookfield and was hooked up with an officer--just a regular officer, great guy but he deals with other issues and I totally understand that, so he was not really aware of the process but he was just validating my information. I then ended up getting transferred to a captain--another great guy--he was actually really personable about it, too. He then ended up looking into what I was saying and he did the first initial [investigation] and told me that [the case] ended up getting transferred to the [Waukesha County] D.A. So I'm glad to see that it's going somewhere."
Paul did not level any accusations against Marion's nursing home and said he was unsure who might have been voting for her, but knows that she did not vote herself. Legally, she can't.
"Somebody else had to have vote for her because I didn't," Paul said.
Under Wisconsin law, voting in nursing homes is to be conducted by two "special voting deputies" appointed by each of the two major political parties. These deputies go into each nursing home in their municipality and help residents vote absentee. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, though, special voting deputies have been prevented from entering nursing homes for the past year, and voting assistance has been largely conducted by nursing home staff members.
This is largely unlawful, as Wisconsin statutes expressly prohibit nursing home staff members from serving as special voting deputies--meaning that the intent of the law is to prevent staff members from assisting residents in voting. The reason for this is apparent, as many residents rely on staff members for nearly every aspect of their day-to-day lives and staff members can thus easily influence residents to vote for candidates of their choosing. Special voting deputies were allowed to return to nursing homes on March 3.
"The Dan O'Donnell Show" has uncovered multiple instances of nursing home residents with dementia voting even though their loved ones attest that they could not possibly comprehend the complexities of casting a ballot or even know which candidates are on the ballot. Paul, however, is the first relative to contact "The Dan O'Donnell Show" with evidence of vote fraud after legally striking his mother's right to vote.
"It bothers me deeply, deeply," he said, "because the more you allow this, the more entitled [to steal votes] people get, the more emboldened they get."