SAWYER COUNTY -- Charges of felony election fraud have been filed against multiple area residents.

Criminal charges have been filed against four area residents for Class I Felony Election Fraud-Illegal Voting. In August 2021 the Wisconsin Elections Commission sent information to District Attorney Offices around the state of Wisconsin for suspected cases of election fraud, irregularities, or violations, according to the Wisconsin Election Commission website.

The Sawyer County District Attorney’s Office received referrals regarding alleged illegal voting for three individuals: Keauna Clause, Jeffery Billyboy, and Tami Demarr.

Clause, of Hayward, WI, allegedly committed felony election fraud-illegal voting by voting in November 2020 when she was a convicted felon at that time and she was still under supervision by the Department of Corrections. Law enforcement was not able to locate Clause for an interview during their investigation according to the criminal complaint that was filed against Clause in Sawyer County Circuit Court in March 2022 with an arrest warrant.

Charges of felony election fraud-illegal voting have also been filed against Billyboy and Demarr, both of Stone Lake, WI. The criminal complaints filed against them in Sawyer County Circuit Court allege that they went to the polls together in November 2020 and participated in the election. At that time, both Billyboy and Demarr were convicted felons and were under supervision by the Department of Corrections.

Demarr told law enforcement that the November 2020 election was the first one she had ever voted in and that she did not know that she could not vote. Billyboy told law enforcement that he was contacted a few days after the election and advised that he was not supposed to have voted based on his probation status. Billyboy stated that he said, “awww sh*t! I forgot all about that".

The Rusk County District Attorney’s Office received a referral for alleged election fraud regarding Anne Toutant, of Ladysmith, WI. A criminal complaint has been filed in Rusk County Circuit Court, alleging that Toutant, of Ladysmith, WI, participated in an election in November 2020 and that Toutant was a convicted felon at that time and was still under supervision by the Department of Corrections. Toutant is charged with felony election fraud-illegal voting. According to the criminal complaint, Toutant admitted to a Department of Corrections agent that she voted.

An online article posted by the Wisconsin Elections Commission discusses a report titled “Report of Suspected Election Fraud, Irregularities or Violations” that is issued annually. The article states that 2021’s report would contain information about 41 referrals being made by local election officials to county district attorneys in 2020 and 2021 for suspected cases of election fraud from 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

According to the article, 13 of the referrals were specific to the November 2020 election and involved suspected cases of felon voting, voting twice in the same election, and voting after an incompetency adjudication.

A conviction for Class I Felony Election Fraud-Illegal Voting carries a possible maximum penalty of imprisonment for 3 years and 6 months, a fine of $10,000, or both.

Clause is also charged criminally in Sawyer County Circuit Court with Class I Felony Possession of Narcotic Drugs and Class H Bail Jumping in two additional court cases filed against her. She appeared most recently on April 26, 2022, while in custody, and the Hon. John Yackel ordered a $2,000 cash bond to cover all her criminal cases in Sawyer County. She is scheduled to appear again in May  2022, for a plea/sentencing hearing.

Billyboy also faces additional criminal charges of Misdemeanor Possession of THC filed against him in a separate Sawyer County Circuit Court case, and Misdemeanor Retail Theft filed against him in Barron County Circuit Court. Billyboy made an Initial Appearance in Sawyer County on April 5, 2022, regarding the charges of election fraud, and he is set to appear again in May 2022. Judge Yackel ordered a $1,000 signature bond for Billyboy. He is also on a $1,000 bail bond through Barron County.

Demarr is also charged in Barron County Circuit Court with Misdemeanor Retail Theft. She is scheduled to make an initial appearance in May 2022 in Sawyer County Circuit Court regarding her charges of election fraud. No bail bond information was listed in online court records for her Sawyer County case, however, Demarr is subject to a $1,000 signature bond on her Barron County case.

Toutant is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Rusk County Circuit Court in August 2022. No bail bond information was included in online court records at the time of this post.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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