The Koch Brothers group Americans for Prosperity mailed out misinformation to registered Democratic voters. Misinformation such as this is the black art of sabotage, folks.
Wisconsin’s recall election, an upcoming event triggered by the Scott Walker and Republican (and Koch-funded) effort to subvert the democratic process in Wisconsin, has taken another interesting turn: absentee ballot information was printed with misinformation to confuse voters as to the date it must be returned to the City Clerk.
According to the Associated Press, a total of $4.2 million has been spent on the August 9th recall elections. (Money well spent by both sides, no?)
The mailed absentee ballot applications sent by the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity specified ballots had to be delivered to their respective city clerk on August 11th, when the election day was in fact August 9th.
The Wisconsin Democratic Party has called for an investigation into the matter.
In the interest of fairness, it should be noted that Democratic National Committee placed calls to voters in Republican Sen. Dan Kapanke’s district of La Crosse with the wrong date as well.
Americans for Prosperity, for their part, have said the confused dates were a “mistake.” They were mailed, according to AP, to only 10,000 voters in six Republican Senators’ districts.
AFP-Wisconsin state Director Matt Seaholm has stated that each of the 10,000 voters on the mailing list will receive a personal phone call with the correct mailing date.
Giving the AFP the benefit of the doubt and calling it an error or mistake still doesn’t change the fact that the date was wrong. In something so important as a recall election, should there not be some sort of process by which election dates on ballots are double or triple-checked before being sent out?