Wisconsin Supreme Court Recount – Day 3

posted at 3:45 pm on April 30, 2011 by Steve Eggleston

I’ll start this overdue update with the unofficial recounted numbers released at 6 pm last night from the Government Accountability Board. There are a pair of one-vote discrepancies in the current GAB spreadsheet where the hand-entered total number of votes is one higher than both the sum of the votes cast for the candidates and “scattering” (i.e. write-in) and the number of ballots reported as cast, likely entry errors because every number is hand-entered on the GAB spreadsheet, so I did not include those two reporting units in my tracking spreadsheet. Not including those two reporting units, David Prosser’s lead over JoAnne Kloppenburg in the 523 “cleanly” reported units (14.52% of all reporting units, representing 176,646 votes) increased by 32, to an unofficial 7,348-vote lead.

A quick housekeeping note on my tracking spreadsheet; except for Wednesday’s scrapped numbers, it will include the archived daily totals from the GAB on individual worksheets (date/time-stamp based on when the GAB uploaded their source spreadsheet both in the header and in the worksheet tab), and the most-current worksheet will be on the tab furthest to the left (it should also be the one that opens when one opens the spreadsheet).

The GAB also reported yesterday that 20 of the 72 counties have completed the recount as of 8:19 pm. They (and I) stress that not all of those counties have been entered in the running-total spreadsheet yet. Indeed, WEAU-TV reported that Eau Claire County completed its recount, with a net change of 9 additional votes for Prosser and 14 additional votes for Kloppenburg. The pre-recount margin in Eau Claire County was 15,919 for Kloppenburg and 11,416 for Prosser. Notably, Eau Claire County was forced to recount every vote by hand because the optical machines used by every municipality was the Optech Eagle.

The Prosser campaign launched a website that, among other things, is tracking results that combine what the GAB is reporting and what representatives of their recount team have observed. I cannot stress enough that these are both unofficial numbers and from a source that has a vested interest in what is reported, namely one of the campaigns. As of early this morning, according to the Prosser campaign, with 31.75% of the wards and 398,395 votes (26.61%) recounted, Prosser’s lead has grown by 52 votes from the pre-recount 7,316-vote lead.

Meanwhile, the big story of yesterday (or, at least what would have been the big story had it happened in Waukesha County instead of Dane County) was the separation of 97 ballots from a ballot bag in the city of Verona. Summarizing The CapTimes’ story, the discrepancy came about when the Dane County canvassing board discovered, while recounting ballots cast in the city of Verona, there were over 90 fewer ballots present than the number that had been run through the voting machines on Election Day. A search ensued, and the ballots, rubber-banded together, turned up in the office of the Verona city clerk. Despite the loss of the chain of custody on the ballots, precinct stamps and initials established their legitimacy and they were recounted. The once-missing ballots favored Prosser by 30 votes, even though Kloppenburg carried the city of Verona by a pre-recount 2,380-1,204 margin. That irregularity also, according to the CapTimes did not change that pre-recount margin.

The weekend will be at least a one-day period of work for most of the canvassing boards that have not completed the recount process. While state statutes state that, while recounting, canvassing boards cannot take more than one consecutive day off, the GAB will allow those boards who are “confident” they will complete their work by Friday, May 6 (three days before the statutory deadline) to take the entire weekend off. As for the GAB, they will post at least one updated set of vote totals today, but they will not post any tomorrow.

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Shy Guy on April 30, 2011 at 3:47 PM

As for the GAB, they will post at least one updated set of vote totals today,

Thanks, Steve. I am assuming you will post that update here when it comes in?
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Kloppy ought to be made to pay for this recount. What part of ‘loser’ doesn’t she understand?

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

In addition to a running total of the ballots, I would love to see a running total of the bill that this farce is costing Wisconsin taxpayers.

PackerBronco on April 30, 2011 at 3:50 PM

The once-missing ballots favored Prosser by 30 votes, even though Kloppenburg carried the city of Verona by a pre-recount 2,380-1,204 margin. That irregularity also, according to the CapTimes did not change that pre-recount margin.

What? So Prosser gained 30 votes, but it didn’t change the margin? But it’s the GOP trying to steal the election, right?

angryed on April 30, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Nothing like wasting taxpayer money.

GarandFan on April 30, 2011 at 3:56 PM

In addition to a running total of the ballots, I would love to see a running total of the bill that this farce is costing Wisconsin taxpayers.

PackerBronco on April 30, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Click on the link to Prosser’s website. It does exactly what you’re asking for.

angryed on April 30, 2011 at 3:56 PM

1,000 cuts.

Drag the carcass around.

Slowly.

Works for me.

artist on April 30, 2011 at 4:10 PM

I blog over at No Runny Eggs,

Dang it, I love runny eggs. Does that mean I can’t follow your blog?

ladyingray on April 30, 2011 at 4:23 PM

They have new totals up

Prosser 122,790 +94
Klopp 103,806 +70

Which means if all other precincts stay the same, Prosser wins by 7,340

This is about 20% of the votes.

WoosterOh on April 30, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Thanks for the link to Prosser’s site. That was an excellent PR move by the Prosser folks.

INC on April 30, 2011 at 4:25 PM

What part of ‘loser’ doesn’t she understand?

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

She doesn’t understand any part of it. She’s a victim, not a loser, doncha know.

Thanks for the link to Prosser’s site. That was an excellent PR move by the Prosser folks.

INC on April 30, 2011 at 4:25 PM

I completely agree.

Eren on April 30, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Poor Kloppy.

Lanceman on April 30, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Poor Kloppy.

Lanceman on April 30, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I heard Sesame Street is looking for a new Big Bird.

slickwillie2001 on April 30, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Thanks, Steve. I am assuming you will post that update here when it comes in?

Kloppy ought to be made to pay for this recount. What part of ‘loser’ doesn’t she understand?

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Tht would be the general plan, though like today (yesterday’s, really), it might be Sunday before I get it to the Green Room/my blog.

I wish we could make her pay for the municipalities’ costs, but when the recount rules were written, the Legislature decided on a one-size-fits-all approach favoring small-vote-total local races, where a small number, yet relatively hig, percentage, of the votes shifting would make a difference, over statewide races where a large-by-itself number, yet insignificant percentage, of the votes shifting wouldn’t.

As for what part of “loser” Kloppenburg (and the most-fervent of her supporters) doesn’t understand, I’m afraid it’s both parts.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2011 at 5:23 PM

WoosterOh on April 30, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Unfortunately, the same two reporting “anomalies”, and another two of the same type, were in the 12 pm GAB spreadsheet. While those 4 “anomalies” shift the net vote total by a couple votes, I’m not at all comfortable with including them without any clarification from GAB especially after the Wednesday night spreadsheet debacle.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Dang it, I love runny eggs. Does that mean I can’t follow your blog?

ladyingray on April 30, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Of course you can still come over. It’s a play on my name that I cooked up one morning close to 6 years ago shortly after a friend of mine invited me to guest-blog on his (now-defunct) sports blog.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2011 at 5:35 PM

What? So Prosser gained 30 votes, but it didn’t change the margin? But it’s the GOP trying to steal the election, right?

angryed on April 30, 2011 at 3:55 PM

It was a Prosser+30 margin out of those 97 “missing” ballots. Those 97 “missing” ballots, plus the ballots that made it to the Dane County board of canvassers, equalled the pre-recount canvassed total.

How those 97 ballots got out of what should have been a sealed ballot bag, I’ll let your imagination wander. Mine definitely is, and most of the scenarios involve Kloppenburg needing to make up an order of magnitude or so fewer votes.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Nicely done, Shy Guy.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I/We really appreciate how you and all the guest/Green Room bloggers are keeping us up to snuff on the issues.
Kudos & Thanks!

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2011 at 6:11 PM

So was the employee who had the 97 missing ballots a public union employee? Inquiring minds are curious.

Let’s definitely demand the humpbot once K is completely humiliated by spending all of this PUBLIC money and not even budging the outcome of this election. That would be completely a sweet way to savor this victory. Awesome.

karenhasfreedom on April 30, 2011 at 6:28 PM

So was the employee who had the 97 missing ballots a public union employee? Inquiring minds are curious.

Let’s definitely demand the humpbot once K is completely humiliated by spending all of this PUBLIC money and not even budging the outcome of this election. That would be completely a sweet way to savor this victory. Awesome.

karenhasfreedom on April 30, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Elected officials, unless they’re “double-dipping”, aren’t members of a public union. That said, one could predict with more than the usual amount of confidence who the Verona city clerk voted for.

I don’t control the appearance of the humpbot, and even if I did, I wouldn’t break it out until a week after the recount is complete. After all, Kloppenburg has 5 business days to decide whether to appeal to a court.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM

I’m wiped, but am glad to report the “anomalies” in both last night’s 6 pm GAB and today’s noon GAB spreadsheets have been corrected in tonight’s 6 PM spreadsheet.

I’ll have a full post and an update of my tracking spreadsheet tomorrow, but the top line is that with with 1,214 of 3,602 reporting units recounted (33.70%) and double-checked (not canvassed, though) by GAB, David Prosser has a still-unofficial net 14-vote gain on his pre-recount 7,316-vote lead out of 407,180 votes recounted (just over 27% of the 1.50 million pre-recount votes).

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

I heard Sesame Street is looking for a new Big Bird.

slickwillie2001

You mean big turd, don’t you? :)

honsy on April 30, 2011 at 9:09 PM

For the person who was wondering about the delay in the promotion sequence between the Green Room and the front page, that’s a function of the system.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM

What was that quote from ccr6 that was floating around?

BruceB on May 1, 2011 at 3:52 AM

To have perpetrated this waste of time and money on the people of Wisconsin, to sit back and hope for high-jinx, (because, how else could this have turned around otherwise) what kind of jurist would this liberal hack have been? Liberal judges are nothing but an extension of liberal lawmakers, to include the dirty political machines that run them.

hawkdriver on May 1, 2011 at 8:42 AM

To have perpetrated this waste of time and money on the people of Wisconsin, to sit back and hope for high-jinx, (because, how else could this have turned around otherwise) what kind of jurist would this liberal hack have been? Liberal judges are nothing but an extension of liberal lawmakers, to include the dirty political machines that run them.

hawkdriver on May 1, 2011 at 8:42 AM

All one has to do is observe Kloppenburg’s long career as the designated persecut…er, prosecutor whose specialty was persecuting those who, often through no fault of theirs, ran afoul of the DNR shoreline “protection” regulation.

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Thanks for the reply Steve and I read the regulation. Wow.

hawkdriver on May 1, 2011 at 8:38 PM