State Elections Commission Denies Ballot Access To Watertown Democrat

(Watertown) The Wisconsin Elections Commission Monday voted to deny ballot access to a Watertown democrat who is accused of submitting fraudulent signatures in this fall’s race for State Assembly District 37. The allegations against Charisse Daniels came to light earlier this month when incumbent candidate John Jagler of Watertown found discrepancies with the signatures included in her nomination papers. Assembly candidates are required to collect 200 signatures. The 29-year-old Watertown Democrat submitted 201 signatures. Jagler says he first found the signature of a friend of his on his potential opponent’s paperwork, investigated further and found more and more people who said they never signed Daniels papers. One address was reportedly an empty lot while three other signatures were apparently duplicates. Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson told reporters yesterday that the Daniels situation was unusual but stopped short of calling her actions fraud. Watertown Police are reportedly investigating the allegations of election fraud in the Assembly district.