Wisconsin Supreme Court Recount – Day 9

posted at 9:20 am on May 6, 2011 by Steve Eggleston

There’s 4 days left in the statutory deadline, though the Government Accountability Board will file a request in a Dane County court on Monday for an extension on behalf of Dane and Waukesha Counties. Dane County has requested a one-day extension, and at least as of Thursday afternoon, Waukesha County had not given an estimated end date.

With 2,862 reporting units (79.46%) and 1,124,236 votes (just under 75%) recounted and reviewed as of 6 pm Thursday, David Prosser’s lead dropped by 220 votes from the pre-recount 7,316-vote lead to 7,096 votes. With a further 12 reporting units reporting results to the GAB but not having their numbers reviewed, 64 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties have now finished their portions of the recount.

Despite a continued hyper-challenge strategy employed by the Kloppenburg campaign, Waukesha County managed to finish recounting votes in 10 of the 24 wards in the city of Brookfield today (unfortunately, after the GAB released its 6 pm vote update), which brings that county’s completion total to just over 17% of the wards and close to 23% of the votes. The first of many challenges on the day began before the first bags of ballots were opened, as the overstuffed bags had begun to rip open from handling. The 6 plastic bags, from the first 3 wards and tied closed with a single red security tie, contained approximately 2,000 ballots. Lisa Sink at Brookfield Patch has an exhaustive multimediia report, including pictures of both the bags and several people dropping in to protect their votes, and video of the board of canvassers’ discussion and ultimate acceptance of the ballots.

A second early challenge, also dismissed by the canvassing board, involved the use of excess blank absentee ballots to compensate for the depletion of regular ballots on election day in Brookfield’s Ward 1. The funny thing is, up until today, I hadn’t heard, or at least I don’t remember hearing, of Brookfield running out of ballots, though I did hear of other, outstate locales running out.

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The car with 12,000,000 votes for Kloppy in the trunk just arrived in Wisconsin this morning so things will change shortly.

darwin on May 6, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Meanwhile, Ohio teachers union urges teachers to integrate unionism, progressive politics and “social justice” into math class.

KeepOhioRed on May 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

In her next run, Kloppy can take lots of credit for creating ballot recount jobs.

RBMN on May 6, 2011 at 9:27 AM

It is fitting and right that Wisconsin may prove to be the begining of the end for public employee unions.

http://theeveningchronicle.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-wisconsin.html

LCT688 on May 6, 2011 at 9:31 AM

crr6 has strongbox with 8,000 votes poised and “ready for discovery”…

Khun Joe on May 6, 2011 at 9:31 AM

As I said before, NO vote of 5000 or more has ever been overturned via recount, let alone 7300. At the rate things are going now, Kloppenburg can narrow the lead by only 100 votes or so to around 6900. And, I believe, that 6900 votes is a fraud-proof lead.

MaiDee on May 6, 2011 at 9:33 AM

And still Floppy Kloppy waits for her Murky Murk Moment….

pilamaye on May 6, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Well let’s see. She picked up 220 votes in 9 days so if we count for ______ more days Kloppenderg wins!
(You fill in blank)

Herb on May 6, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Porting over a comment from the Green Room…

It’s all about creating a case to throw out Waukesha Co. votes.

Remember, the same lawyers who are working with Kloppenburg had no qualms about finding and fighting for the counting of ballots from car trunks, etc.

But now they’re objecting to slightly damaged bags.

englishqueen01 on May 6, 2011 at 6:45 AM
Englishqueen01 nailed it. Assuming the Kloppenburg camp really wants to go through with it, it’s all about disenfranchising tens of thousands of voters, some of whom voted for her, because the aggregate in a particular part of the state did not.

I’m tempted to bring back the morning-after-the-election “Kingdom of Dane” post I wrote while in the depths of despair.

Steve Eggleston on May 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM

There has to be some way to give Klopperhefer the victory utilizing the commerce clause. If only paralegal extraordinaire crr6 was here to figure it our for us.

Bishop on May 6, 2011 at 9:58 AM

A second early challenge, also dismissed by the canvassing board, involved the use of excess blank absentee ballots to compensate for the depletion of regular ballots on election day in Brookfield’s Ward 1. The funny thing is, up until today, I hadn’t heard, or at least I don’t remember hearing, of Brookfield running out of ballots, though I did hear of other, outstate locales running out.

Heavy turnout in Brookfield, whose votes went 75% for Prosser…and Kloppy thought the LEFT was fired up?

Actually, using “excess blank absentee ballots” is probably a good solution if a town or ward or precinct runs out of ballots. In the CT Governor’s race last November, several precincts in lue city of Bridgeport ran out of ballots in mid-afternoon, and the Malloy(D) campaign asked a judge to keep the polls open two hours late ONLY in Bridgeport, while regular ballots could be shipped to Bridgeport from elsewhere in the county. This probably boosted turnout in deep-blue Bridgeport well beyond what it would have been, at a time when polls were closed across the rest of the state, and Malloy won the election by about 2,000 votes.

Using extra absentee ballots is a much fairer solution, as long as poll workers can keep track of them. Keeping the polls open late in one city is a golden invitation to fraud. Or better yet, why not print up enough ballots for every registered voter in a given town, then shred the blank ones when the polls close?

Steve Z on May 6, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Using extra absentee ballots is a much fairer solution, as long as poll workers can keep track of them. Keeping the polls open late in one city is a golden invitation to fraud. Or better yet, why not print up enough ballots for every registered voter in a given town, then shred the blank ones when the polls close?

Steve Z on May 6, 2011 at 10:21 AM

There’s this little matter of cost. The ballots are not printed on standard 8.5″x11″ (or even 8.5″x14″) paper. Plus, excess regular ballots floating around is an open invitation for ballot-stuffing.

Steve Eggleston on May 6, 2011 at 10:27 AM

It’s pretty bad when they go after Nun-Catholics
… but nobody expects the Kloppenburg Inquisition.

J_Crater on May 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Outstanding work Mr. Eggleston. Even though I have no idea as to your organization but I would certainly encourage you to continue this, multiply this and delegate this to the rest of the country. Well done Sir.

Tangerinesong on May 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

It’s been hard for me to follow all the details since I have a fairly short attention span. Is there any evidence of shenanigans anywhere yet? Thanks for doing a job that no “traditional” journalist seems interested in.

Big John on May 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Another Al Franken moment coming? They are going to try anything they can.

wi farmgirl on May 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM

From the updated Brookfield Patch story linked above:

. . .
Melissa Mulliken, campaign manager for candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg, said during a press conference that the unsecured Brookfield ballot bags were the latest in a string of “anomalies” in various counties that has Kloppenburg “confident in her decision” a thorough recount was needed, even if the end result does not change.

“When bags are ripped or opened…. that’s a security issue and that is concerning,” Mulliken said.

She said Kloppenburg supported the request for extension of time and said it was yet unknown if any of the anomalies would be challenged in court.

But Brian Nemoir, campaign director for incumbent Justice David Prosser Jr., said the anomalies were minor and the questioned “how much longer does this go on?”
. . . .

Looks to me like Mulliken wants Brookfield to take a Mulligan! They’re talking about challenging this in court!!

I doubt it goes that far. I think this is just the latest version of JoAnne Kloppenburg’s grasping for a face-saving gesture, after having originally and so foolishly declared victory with a bare 204 vote lead before the statewide canvassing process began!

Someone should check under Mulliken’s finger nails to see if there are any traces of plastic ballot security bag!

In a way, the whole stupid exercise on Kloppenburg’s part reminds me a little bit of the “slow-speed chase” prior to taking OJ into custody. It’s not going anywhere and everyone knows full well how it will come out . . . but they are buying a little time, hoping against hope that perhaps SOMEONE will come up with a way to further denigrate the process so she won’t continue to look like the complete fool that she is.

Think back to her utterly unresponsive answer to the reporter the day after the election, the one who questioned her confident claim of victory with a mere 204 vote lead statewide, and with the entire canvassing process ahead of her!

During that April 6th presser, the reporter strongly suggested a reversal could happen as a result of even a small math error. The way she responded shows that even then the candidate was in a complete state of denial.

Rather than acknowledging that obvious possibility, she instead giddily declared that both she and her supporters were “ecstatic” and she said:

“No, we ran a campaign that was focused on being positive and respectful, and, and, winning . . . and we did win and we’re confident that the margin will hold.”

Now she just can’t find a way to let go and move on with her life and to stop wasting the taxpayers’ money!

In the end, this will justifiably be seen as a case of political “suicide by recount.” Couldn’t happen to a more annoying fool.

Trochilus on May 6, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Gee, I guess I should have figured out the “Eggleston” part with the adjoining “steve”. Nice work. Too bad you have to dredge through the mundane to bring information to the masses.

Weebork on May 6, 2011 at 11:12 AM

How can any justice be taken seriously who doesn’t take the election process seriously?

Do they not see how obvious they are?

hawkdriver on May 6, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Funny, even with a comfortable lead by Prosser, it is the Democrat who keeps picking up votes. Does it ever happen where the Republican winds up with more votes after the recount than before? Ever?

AZfederalist on May 6, 2011 at 12:07 PM

The ballots are not printed on standard 8.5″x11″ (or even 8.5″x14″) paper.

Why in the hell not? If they were printed on a standard size, you could have a laser printer in each polling place that could crank out extra ballots if you run short. There’s no reason why it should be difficult to print ballots. Someone interested in fraud could get the specs for the ballots and print some extras, fill them out, and wait for an opportunity to stuff the ballot box and grab an equal number of unprinted ballots so the totals still match.

You have to secure the ballot boxes and bags in any event, and tally the people who vote to compare the totals. Having independent poll watchers with their own copies of the registration books to check off makes it pretty tough for a fraudster to check off the same names in each book.

The Monster on May 6, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Steve . . . it looks like the GAB finally resolved that question over the votes from the small town of Stone Lake up in Washburn County.

It resulted in a net pick-up of two votes for Kloppenburg.

See page 26 of 29, here.

From your post here two days ago — the “day-7″ report:

The reason why I say there is a reporting unit that was not “cleanly” reviewed is it appears the GAB fouled up the totals as listed on the spreadsheet from 6 pm last night for the town of Stone Lake, in Waushara [sic] Washburn County. The pre-recount county canvass had that town’s vote totals as 101 for Prosser, 82 for Kloppenburg and 1 “scattering”. However, the recount spreadsheet had the vote totals as 1 for Prosser, 101 for Kloppenburg, 84 “scattering”. Pending a “clarification” from the GAB, that is not included in the above vote totals.

Trochilus on May 6, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Deficiencies with the Dem voters’ understanding of 3rd-grade voting instructions allow “interpretation” of their intent.

trl on May 6, 2011 at 1:19 PM

How can any justice be taken seriously who doesn’t take the election process seriously?

Do they not see how obvious they are?

hawkdriver on May 6, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Hiding in plain sight

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Trochilus on May 6, 2011 at 12:58 PM

I thought I mentioned that on Day 8′s update, but I could have been mistaken. It was a transposition error on GAB’s part.

Steve Eggleston on May 6, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Why in the hell not? If they were printed on a standard size, you could have a laser printer in each polling place that could crank out extra ballots if you run short. There’s no reason why it should be difficult to print ballots. Someone interested in fraud could get the specs for the ballots and print some extras, fill them out, and wait for an opportunity to stuff the ballot box and grab an equal number of unprinted ballots so the totals still match.

You have to secure the ballot boxes and bags in any event, and tally the people who vote to compare the totals. Having independent poll watchers with their own copies of the registration books to check off makes it pretty tough for a fraudster to check off the same names in each book.

The Monster on May 6, 2011 at 12:41 PM

I think that “non-standard” size is a matter of being able to handle an election with a large number of races and optical-machine readability.

The idea of having more than 2 poll books might have a certain appeal, at least once photo ID is implemented.

Steve Eggleston on May 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM

including pictures of both the bags and several people dropping in to protect their votes,

Knowing how the demoncrats in Wisconsin like to “operate”, one can only guess that any of the Kloppenburg supporters are not going there to “protect” their votes, but to sneak in some more for their gal.

… but nobody expects the Kloppenburg Inquisition.

J_Crater on May 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Love the Monty Python reference! :)

Sterling Holobyte on May 6, 2011 at 4:35 PM

The idea of having more than 2 poll books might have a certain appeal, at least once photo ID is implemented.

Here in KS, I think it’s standard practice. I remember one year doing a stint as a poll watcher. I had a copy of the registration book the county GOP had bought, and I checked off every voter as they were processed by the official people. At the time, I assumed the idea was to prevent any shenanigans with a poll worker checking off a bunch of names to correspond to late-added ballots.

The Monster on May 6, 2011 at 4:58 PM