Wisconsin Man Claims Temporary Amnesia After Voting Five Times in Single Election

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June 26 2014 6:08 PM

Wisconsin Man Claims Temporary Amnesia After Voting Five Times in Single Election

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Voting is a good thing. But, as with all good things, there are limits. Wisconsin uber-voter Robert Monroe might need a bit of a civics lesson after being charged with casting five—count’em five—ballots in the 2012 Wisconsin state recall election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Walker survived the recall as governor, Monroe, however, may not as a voter. The 50-year-old health insurance executive mounted a tried-and-true defense of his actions when confronted by investigators: “He doesn't remember that day due to a temporary form of amnesia,” according to CBS News.

With the old temporary amnesia card already on the table, Monroe might have to come up with some new excuses for his love of voting. Why? Here’s more from CBS News:

In addition to voting multiple times in the 2012 recall election, Monroe allegedly voted twice in the presidential election. All told, WisPolitics.com reports, Monroe allegedly voted a dozen times in five elections in 2011 and 2012… Each of the 13 counts against Monroe carries a penalty of up to $10,000 in forfeitures and three-and-a-half years in prison, WisPolitics.com reported. Additionally, Monroe would lose his right to vote if he were convicted of a felony.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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