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New Registration System Credited for Twice-Voting Conviction

August 24, 2007

Milwaukee County Man was Detected Casting Votes in Two Cities

Madison, WI – A Wauwatosa man who was convicted Wednesday of voting twice in the November 7, 2006 election was detected by local election officials using Wisconsin’s Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS), state election officials said today.

“The database ensures that voters are registered and able to vote, but will alert election officials if people vote more than once,” said Kevin Kennedy, executive director of the State Elections Board. “The ability to quickly share information helps ensure that people voting illegally are going to be caught and prosecuted.”

Michael Zore will be sentenced on Sept. 27, facing seven years and a $20,000 fine.

“This man would never have been caught but for SVRS,” said Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf, who prosecuted the case.

Zore was able to double-vote by voting in West Allis prior to last autumn, and then registering just before the November 7, 2006, election in the clerk’s office in Wauwatosa, where he had moved. Because poll lists in both cities were printed well in advance of Election Day, Zore’s name appeared on the normal poll list in West Allis, and was permitted to vote in Wauwatosa with his Certificate of Registration.

However, election officials entering voting history in the SVRS discovered two voting records for Zore after the election, and found that he had voted in two cities. They notified the Milwaukee District Attorney’s office that the same person had voted in two places on the same day.

The SVRS is designed to meet federal election administration requirements and has been used in four statewide elections since September of 2006.