Prosecutors Dec. 21 charged an Onalaska felon on probation with illegally voting in two elections this year.

Mark Fischer, 58, told authorities he voted in the presidential primary and general election because he “felt that this election was important,” according to the complaint filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

“Fischer stated he wasn’t sure that they actually enforced the ineligibility condition,” the complaint stated.

Fischer is serving three years on probation for a fifth- or sixth-offense operating while intoxicated conviction in Buffalo County. He told investigators he knew he was ineligible but voted April 5 in Onalaska and Oct. 31 in the town of Onalaska, the complaint stated.

He is charged with two counts of election fraud.

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Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.

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