A Wisconsin Democrat has been accused of faking multiple names on her nomination papers in her bid for a seat in the state assembly.
Watertown Police are investigating after more than a dozen people accused Charisse Daniels of forging their names on her documents, WITI-TV reported.
Running for the Assembly seat held by Republican state Rep. John Jagler, Daniels initially entered politics because of Donald Trump’s election victory which she likened to an “absolute kick in the gut” in a 2017 CNN story featuring Democratic women training with Emerge Wisconsin to run for office.
Daniles may not be allowed to remain on the ballot pending a decision by the Wisconsin Elections Commission on Monday, June 11. The police investigation into the election fraud allegations, meanwhile, was launched on Tuesday.
“As a woman, I would’ve definitely supported her. Now, I’m kind of at a loss about what to do,” Watertown resident Carolyn Demetropoulos told WITI. “I feel kind of betrayed and angry, but I’m glad that this sort of thing was brought to light because this is not right.”
Wisconsin Republicans filed a complaint with the state Elections Commission against Daniels which included 15 people who signed documents.
“The case had been assigned to investigators who will work closely with the District Attorney’s office,” Police Chief Timothy Roets said. “No further public comments will be made regarding the investigation until its conclusion.”
According to WITI:
On each of the papers in question, Daniels’ signature appears at the bottom as the person who circulated them. Right below her name, the nomination paper reads, “I am aware that falsifying this certification is punishable” under Wisconsin law.
Daniels did not return a phone call or email Tuesday. When FOX6 News stopped at her home, we were told Daniels was at work.
Milwaukee attorney Mike Maistelman said Daniels “welcomes the opportunity” to address the election fraud allegations.
Jagler told WITI he knew something was not right when he saw the name of one of his own supporters on Daniels’ documents.
“And he said, that’s not my signature. I was like, ‘OK, alright, here we go,’” Jagler said.
One of the addresses on Daniels’ paperwork was actually an empty lot, according to WITI.
“I don’t know where the elector is. I’d like to talk to them, but they’re not here,” Jagler said, standing at the location.
Watertown resident Rudy Voigt had never even heard of the Democratic candidate until he found out his name was on her was on her nomination paperwork.
“That’s the lowest degree you can get. That’s not a person who should be representing anybody,” he said.
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