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Prosecutors investigate free meals given to early voters in Milwaukee

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)