Milwaukee Man Gets Jail Sentence for Voting Twice in 2012

Claims he was drunk, high on election day

October 17, 2013

Chad Gigowski, 28, was sentenced to six months in jail by a circuit court judge Thursday for voting two times in the 2012 presidential election.

Gigowski told the judge he committed the crime under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported

According to the Sentinel:

"The court will agree this is the most serious of all election fraud" offenses, Landgraf told Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Timothy Witkowiak. "Someone is seeking to dilute the vote of others.... It goes against the fundamental principle of one person-one vote."

Landgraf said Gigowki's offense was deliberate. He used an old driver's license to vote early on election day in Greenfield and signed a form stating he was a Greenfield resident. Later that day, he used a Department of Workforce Development letter, addressed to him at a Milwaukee address, to register and vote in the city, and also signed a form that he hadn't previously voted in the election.

Landgraf said that because it's "not difficult to in fact steal someone's vote or vote twice," the system "invests quite a bit of trust in the individual voter," and that Gigowski abused that trust. He said the public needs to know such a violation will result in incarceration.

Published under: Voter Fraud