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Although her chances are now slim and none, Joanne Kloppenburg's campaign seems focused on some 'anomalies" in the way that some Waukesha County ballot bags were handled... some had tears, others were insufficiently cinched at the top. In order to flip the election, Kloppenburg would have to convince a judge that the problems were so serious that all of the votes in the bags -- which overwhelmingly favor Justice David Prosser -- be tossed out.

One problem.... similar problems were found in liberal Dane County. Steve Eggleston has the details.

Dane County’s minutes of the recount provide a rather interesting read. There were several torn ballot bags in the city of Madison, several instances of ballot bag seal numbers missing from the inspectors’ reports, ballots from two reporting units in two different municipalities that were initially missing from the recount room (both stacks of which favored Prosser in what were communities that were overwhelmingly carried by Kloppenburg, and which did not affect the pre-recount net margins once added), and an instance where an absentee ballot not cast at the municipal clerk’s office lacked a witness signature yet was counted both at the polls on election day and by the recount canvass board. I don’t need to tell you that there were no objections from the Kloppenburg campaign over any of this.

There was, however, an objection from the “non-partisan” Kloppenburg campaign on another ballot. In Madison’s Ward 59, the canvassers ruled a ballot that had a write-in for “Democratic one above” as a “scattering”; the Kloppenburg campaign wanted it counted for her.




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