No charges for Wisconsin Rapids mayor in election fraud scandal
WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -
A special prosecutor says there will be no criminal charges filed against the Wisconsin Rapids mayor in connection to a Facebook ballot scandal.
Clark County District Attorney Lyndsey Brunette was assigned as the outside prosecutor to determine if Mayor Zachary Vruwink would face any charges. Brunette told Newsline 9 Tuesday that no charges will be filed from her office.
In March, Vruwink posted his primary election ballot online, which is against the law.
A city council candidate filed a complaint against the mayor in March with Wood County District Attorney Craig Lambert.
The Facebook post was posted February 18, the morning of the Wisconsin Rapids primary election, from the mayor's account. It showed two pictures -- a voter number and a ballot marked for Zach Vruwink.
According to state statute, anyone who displays his or her marked ballot has committed election fraud and could face a felony.
Newsline 9 reached out to the mayor for a comment. He said he did not want to comment on the district attorney's decision. Vruwink told Newsline 9 in March that he didn't know posting photos of the ballots was illegal, but after it was brought to his attention, he said it was 'not the right thing to do.'
In April, Vruwink defeated former Mayor Mary Jo Carson in the Wisconsin Rapids mayoral race.