The proxy war in Wisconsin rages on as Supreme Court challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg requested a recount in an election marked by bitter personal attacks and funny vote counting.
Incumbent judge and Scott Walker supporter David Prosser immediately attacked Kloppenburg’s decision and insisted he would challenger Kloppenburg’s right to a recount. So we may witness a legal challenge to the recount before there is even a recount meaning this race is not anywhere near over.
Early unofficial results in the statewide race show Kloppenburg with a scant 204 vote statewide lead over Prosser.But two days after the polls closed, Waukesha County officials announced that they had failed to include over 14,000 votes in their final tally. With that error corrected, Prosser gained more than 7000 votes and the unofficial victory.
Given the turn of the events in Waukesha County, a recount is hardly out of the question. The best case scenario here is that Waukesha County is grossly negligent in the manner it administers elections. And the worst is they are criminal. Either way, the integrity of the electoral process demands a second look.
So what does a recount in Wisconsin look like? The Uptake offers this tutorial. In short 72 counties will either verify or count by hand ballots. Wisconsin allows electronic ballots, and those votes have no paper back-up, leaving the reliability of the final count dependent on the reliability of the machine.
Once the recount starts the counties have 14 days to complete the process. Those results are then sent to the Government Accountability Board which certifies the results. It is possible to challenge the certification, including appellate review in the 4th District court of appeals in Madison.
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