Voter fraud is an issue in the battle over dismissed U.S. Attorneys. In early 2005, Republican officials in Wisconsin complained to White House political adviser Karl Rove that Milwaukee U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic was not aggressive enough in pursuing voter fraud cases, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Biskupic was on an “evolving list” of 26 U.S. attorneys to be fired by the Bush administration, the Washington Post reported. Federal attorneys in Milwaukee brought 14 fraud cases arising from the 2004 election; there were five convictions.
Kimberly Prude, 43, a grandmother of three, was one of them. The first vote she cast in her life landed her in prison for two years. As a felon on probation and under state supervision, she was ineligible to vote. In almost any other election year in perhaps any other state, such a vote might have gone unnoticed and unpunished. But in Wisconsin, a battleground state, the closely contested election between President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) was placed under a microscope, especially in Milwaukee.