Senator Lena Taylor’s Silence is Deafening

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By Collin Roth – Media Trackers

Milwaukee - On Monday November 21, Media Trackers released the results of a comprehensive investigation into voting irregularities at a property owned by Senator Lena C. Taylor (D-Milwaukee). The report found 23 individuals who voted from Taylor’s property in the April 5, 2011 spring election while a total of 36 individuals maintain active voter registrations at 1018 N. 35th St. At least one voter was an ineligible felon, and others appear to have used other addresses, including one in Chicago, as their legal residence, raising questions about the legality of their votes.

In response to Sen. Lena Taylor's evasive answers to questions asked by the media, Brian Sikma, communications director for Media Trackers, released the following statement:

"Senator Taylor is evading the facts and refusing to provide factual information that would rebut the findings of our study. She repeatedly says that the charges are baseless, but she has yet to muster a single example of where the information we uncovered is incorrect.

"Not once has Senator Taylor offered a factual reason for why 36 voters should be allowed to register to vote from the home that she owns immediately behind her law office.

"Not once has Senator Taylor clarified why it is acceptable that 23 people voted from that address in the April 5th election when that property is zoned, according to media reporters and the City of Milwaukee, for no more than 8 individuals.

"Not once has Senator Taylor explained why an ineligible felon was allowed to vote using her home as a residence.

"Not once has Senator Taylor said why it is acceptable for individuals who no longer live at her home at 1018 N. 35th Street to continue to use that address as their voting residence.

"Not once has Senator Taylor or her mother explained why some of the voter registration forms corroborated by Lena J. Taylor incorrectly list Lena J. Taylor as the owner of Sen. Lena C. Taylor's property.

"Senator Taylor needs to respond to the facts instead of hiding behind generalized statements. The integrity of the election process is fundamental to the success of a democracy and what has taken place here with Senator Taylor's involvement undermines the public's confidence in our state's elections. Senator Taylor has said she believes that those who "assault the values and history" of our state should be held accountable. That is what Media Trackers is doing.

"When you assault the values and history of the Badger State, you will be held accountable."
- Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee

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