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  •  Wisconsin statutes on election law. (30+ / 0-)

    Sorry for the long post, but I think it's good to include all. Bottom line - it's against the law for an employer to threaten or retaliate against an employee for poltical activities, and it's a felony to threaten "force, violence or restraint" to keep someone from voting in an election.

    I might run this Facebook page past my local county attorney.


    12.07  Election restrictions on employers.

    (3) No employer or agent of an employer may distribute to any employee printed matter containing any threat, notice or information that if a particular ticket of a political party or organization or candidate is elected or any referendum question is adopted or rejected, work in the employer's place or establishment will cease, in whole or in part, or the place or establishment will be closed, or the salaries or wages of the employees will be reduced, or other threats intended to influence the political opinions or actions of the employees.

    (4) No person may, directly or indirectly, cause any person to make a contribution or provide any service or other thing of value to or for the benefit of a candidate, political party or registrant under s. 11.05, with the purpose of influencing the election or nomination of a candidate to national, state or local office or the passage or defeat of a referendum by means of the denial or the threat of denial of any employment, position, work or promotion, or any compensation or other benefit of such employment, position or work, or by means of discharge, demotion or disciplinary action or the threat to impose a discharge, demotion or disciplinary action.

    12.09  Election threats.
    (1) No person may personally or through an agent make use of or threaten to make use of force, violence, or restraint in order to induce or compel any person to vote or refrain from voting at an election.
    (2) No person may personally or through an agent, by abduction, duress, or any fraudulent device or contrivance, impede or prevent the free exercise of the franchise at an election.
    (3) No person may personally or through an agent, by any act compel, induce, or prevail upon an elector either to vote or refrain from voting at any election for or against a particular candidate or referendum.

    12.60  Penalties.
    (1) (a) Whoever violates s. 12.09... is guilty of a Class I felony.
    (b) Whoever violates s. 12.07... may be fined not more than $1,000, or imprisoned not more than 6 months or both.

    The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

    by stcroix cheesehead on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 03:31:02 PM PST

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