UNDATED (WSAU) President Obama’s campaign asked Wisconsin’s attorney general yesterday to investigate a report that Republican Mitt Romney’s staff is using wrong information to train its poll watchers. In a letter obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Obama campaign lawyer Robert Bauer urged Van Hollen to quote, “take all necessary steps to protect the rights of our state’s voters.”
Romney’s campaign has held training sessions around the state to show its volunteers what to watch for at the polls next week. The liberal blog “Think Progress” said one training session in Racine gave volunteers quote, “several misleading or false claims about the rights of Wisconsin voters.” For example, it said all felons cannot vote – but actually, they can vote after completing their sentences. Also, the blog said volunteers were told to sign in only as “concerned citizens.” Romney campaign attorney Kristina Sesek was quoted as telling the volunteers, “We’re just trying to alleviate the animosity of being a Republican observer up front.”
The Obama attorney’s letter to the attorney general also raised concerns about previous training by a conservative group called “True the Vote.” Romney Wisconsin spokesman Ben Sparks said the Obama request for an investigation is quote, “ridiculous.” He said the campaign stands by the accuracy of its training – and it dismissed True-the-Vote as a group not associated with Romney’s campaign.