No charges for Wisconsin Rapids mayor in election fraud scandal - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

No charges for Wisconsin Rapids mayor in election fraud scandal

Posted:
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.

Vruwink is the youngest mayor in city history.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WAOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Chief Engineer Russ Crass at 715-842-2251. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.