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Photo of Ballot Lands Rapids Mayor in Hot Water

3-28-14

Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink is facing a possible felony charge for posting a photo of his ballot in the primary for his re-election online.

A City Council candidate saw the post and filed a complaint with the district attorney, who was debating moving forward with charges as of Thursday. The Government Accountability Board has issued warnings about such actions because the issue has come up in multiple elections in the last few years. Voters have been photographing their ballots and sharing them on social media. Vruwink said he was unaware the act was a crime and that he contacted the GAB after taking the photo down Wednesday. The GAB said the law is in place to prevent the sale of votes in elections.

 

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