A La Crosse woman was charged Thursday with election fraud after voting in the 2016 election while on felony probation.

According to a criminal complaint, Connie Sykes was convicted on Dec. 14, 2015, of possession of methamphetamine and sentenced to 12 months probation; Sykes, 63, then registered to vote and cast a ballot on Nov. 8, certifying she was eligible to vote and not serving a felony sentence.

Sykes admitted to voting and acknowledged being on probation until Dec. 13, but told an investigator she didn’t know she had been convicted of a felony and that she couldn’t vote.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission referred 79 cases of suspected felons voting to district attorneys in the 2016 general election, said spokesman Reid Magney.

Magney said voting by felons is the largest category of voter fraud in the state.

There were nearly 3 million ballots cast.

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