58
      Wednesday
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      Thursday
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      Friday
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      Mayor won't be charged for sharing ballot photo

      File photo of a ballot entering a counting machine.
      File photo of a ballot entering a counting machine.
      WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin mayor won't be charged for posting a photo of his spring primary ballot for his re-election on Facebook.

      Clark County District Attorney Lyndsey Boon Brunette tells WSAW-TV Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink will not be charged.

      Vruwink said he posted the photo in February, but took it down immediately after learning it was a crime.

      Showing a completed ballot to someone else is a felony in Wisconsin, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. The issue came up during the 2012 recall elections when Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate posted a photo of his ballot online.

      The district attorney didn't provide a reason to the station.

      Vruwink had no comment when contacted by The Associated Press via email Tuesday.