MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee prosecutors are said to be looking into a report that former Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt gave people free lunches, and helped them vote early in a Common Council race.
It's against state law to provide anything worth $1 or more, as an incentive to vote.
The Journal Sentinel said it obtained a flyer encouraging people to vote six days in advance of a Council election on Tuesday, in which former County Board member Russell Stamper defeated ex-supervisor Eyon Biddle.
The paper said the flyer offered transportation to the voting site from a senior housing complex, and lunch was to be served afterward.
Pratt told the Journal Sentinel that he and the center's manager made the arrangements -- and some people had lunches which were donated by someone he wouldn't disclose. Pratt said about a dozen people ate, and only seven of them voted.
Pratt is a former alderman and Council president, and was Milwaukee's acting mayor for three months in 2004.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)