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Two convicts sentenced for helping register new voters

Brass Milled Gavel By walknboston (Flickr: Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Brass Milled Gavel By walknboston (Flickr: Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Convicts are not supposed to help people register to vote -- but two people were sentenced in Milwaukee this week for doing so. 

Prosecutors said 36-year-old Ronnie Carter and 55-year-old Terry Conn wrote on their applications that they were never convicted of felonies.

They were then allowed to help register new voters, even though it was later discovered that Carter spent 10 months in jail for a felony of selling marijuana -- and Conn was convicted in Shawano County of helping an illegal raffle operation in 2004. 

Both men were originally charged with felony election fraud, but the charges were bargained down to misdemeanor false swearing. 

Each man was jailed for the time they spent in jail while their court cases were pending.  

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