La Crosse County prosecutors charged Onalaska felon on probation Mark Fischer with illegally voting in two 2016 elections. Fischer told authorities he knew he was ineligible but voted in the April presidential primary and November general election anyway because he “felt that this election was important.”
This wasn’t one of those “honest mistakes” voter fraud deniers like to blame, and Fischer seems to have made a rational assessment of the risk before committing his crime.
Onalaska election officials did make a mistake – twice – by failing to prevent an ineligible person from illegally voting. Catching these cases after the fact doesn’t stop illegal votes from being counted.