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Eric Toney Urges Voters to Contact District Attorneys if They Suspect Election Fraud


Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney, a Republican candidate for Attorney General, is reminding voters that people who suspect they witness an election law violation can ask their local district attorney to file an injunction to stop or prevent the alleged illegal activity from continuing or occurring.

Many citizens may not be aware that DAs have that power, and Toney issued the statement to highlight that avenue to voters who might witness election fraud and who aren’t sure what to do about it. He believes some DAs weren’t even aware they have the power.

“If anyone believes they have witnessed a violation of a Wisconsin election law or that a violation is planned, they should consult with their local district attorney on the filing of an injunction or other appropriate legal action to stop or prevent the alleged illegal activity from continuing or occurring,” Toney wrote in a news release. “If any clerks have questions on the legality of any election-related activities they should contact their local district attorney for guidance.”

There are spring elections throughout the state on April 5, 2022, including a mayoral election in Milwaukee and local school board and municipal elections in other communities.

Toney also sent the letter to the county clerk of Fond du Lac County. Read his statement here: Press Release, DA Authority to Defend Election Laws

“Many voters are concerned about ensuring all election laws are followed to protect our democratic process,” Toney said in a news release.

“We have amazing clerks across much of Wisconsin. We collectively want to ensure people have the right to vote and the ability to cast their ballot but it is equally important that all ballots in our state are treated and counted the same, regardless of which county the ballot is cast because elections are the cornerstone of democracy.”

Toney highlighted the fact that Wisconsin law “allows district attorneys to defend Wisconsin election laws through Wis. Stat. §5.07,” which reads as follows,

5.07  Action to compel compliance. Whenever a violation of the laws regulating the conduct of elections or election campaigns, other than a violation of the laws regulating campaign financing, occurs or is proposed to occur, the attorney general or the district attorney of the county where the violation occurs or is proposed to occur may sue for injunctive relief, a writ of mandamus or prohibition, or other such legal or equitable relief as may be appropriate to compel compliance with the law. No bond is required in such actions.


Jessica McBride
Jessica's opinions on this website and all WRN and personal social media pages, including Facebook and X, represent her own opinions and not those of the institution where she works. Jessica McBride, a Wisconsin Right Now contributor, is a national award-winning journalist and journalism educator with more than 25 years in journalism. Jessica McBride’s journalism career started at the Waukesha Freeman newspaper in 1993, covering City Hall. She was an investigative, crime, and general assignment reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a decade. Since 2004, she has taught journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work has appeared in many news outlets, including (where she is a contributor reaching millions of readers per month),, WTMJ, WISN, WUWM,,, Milwaukee Magazine, Nightline, El Conquistador Latino Newspaper, Japanese and German television, Channel 58, Reader’s Digest, Twist (magazine), Wisconsin Public Radio, BBC, Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, and others. 

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