Former Assembly hopeful charged with election fraud

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MADISON (WKOW) — Charisse Daniels, who failed in her attempt to get on the ballot to run for state Assembly, has been charged with one felony count of election fraud for falsifying nomination papers, according to online court records.

Daniels, a Democrat, circulated nomination papers last summer to challenge Republican incumbent John Jagler in the 37th Assembly District.

According to court documents, Daniels could face a $10,000 fine or jail time up to 3 1/2 years. The former Democratic candidate was tossed off the ballot in June after several Watertown residents said they never signed her nomination papers.

Detective Tim Wacker of the Watertown police department made efforts to contact everyone’s name on the papers submitted to Wisconsin’s Election Commission. Of those, 24 people signed affidavits saying they never signed her sheet. Her papers also had the names of two people with the wrong address and another whose home address turned out to be an empty lot.

Daniels was featured on CNN shortly after launching her campaign as hundreds of women nationwide began to break records for the number of females announcing a run this election.

Charges were filed Dec. 14, according to court records, and Daniels is scheduled to appear in Jefferson County Circuit Court at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Watertown Police Chief Timothy Roets said in a news release June 5 that his agency was investigating possible election fraud in the district.

The 37th District includes northeast Dane County, southeast Dodge County and northeast Jefferson County. (MAP)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak

Social Media and Digital Content Manager, 27 News

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