The election for Wisconsin Supreme Court became a whole lot murkier on Thursday when David Prosser gained 7,582 votes in Waukesha County due to a major error by County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus. The amount, if verified, would hand Prosser the victory.
The error was discovered just shortly after Prosser announced he was bringing on the legal brains behind Bush v. Gore to steer his recount efforts.
Nickolaus blamed the error on a software problem.
Nickolaus is no stranger to election controversy, and already her process for ensuring transparent and fair elections is under close scrutiny. In this case Nickolaus had all the election data collection and storage removed from county computers and transfered to computers accessible only in her office. Nickolaus claims this was all done for security purposes.
In response to the news JoAnne Kloppenburg’s campaign manager announced the campaign was filing an open records request for all relevant documents related to the election results in Waukesha County.
A recount could be requested as early as next week, but must wait for county canvassers to provide the official vote tally.
Given the smelly nature of the gain for Prosser, legitimate or not, I think it’s a safe bet that Kloppenburg will seek that recount.
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