On Monday the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board certified the results of a statewide recount in the Supreme Court contest between incumbent judge David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg.
The results show Prosser defeated Kloppenburg by 7,004 votes, or roughly the amount discovered in Waukesha Country after initial reports had Kloppenburg leading Prosser by about 204 votes.
Kloppenburg now has until May 31 to challenge the results in court and her campaign has not said whether it will file a challenge or not.
The news certainly comes as a disappointment for Kloppenburg’s supporters, many of whom saw the election as an early referendum on Gov. Walker’s aggressive hard-right agenda. Given the significant amount of incompetency, if not outright fraud, demonstrated by election officials, a challenge to the results would be reasonable, though expensive.
It is important to see this specific contest in the context of the larger battle for the future of Wisconsin though. Prosser and Republicans fought the idea of a recount and are now urging Kloppenburg to give up her challenges while they simultaneously ram through legislation designed to disenfranchise thousands to remedy a purported problem with voter fraud.
There’s certainly a problem with the election process in Wisconsin, but voter fraud does not appear to be it.
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