KLOPPENBURG DIGS IN DEEPER
Several days ago the Editorial Board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel joined a growing chorus expressing exasperation that JoAnne Kloppenburg failed to see her own recount folly.
Among other things, Kloppenburg's ballot bag security complaint has been rendered just a theory because the recount votes have not varied much from the canvass and election night tallies. If ballot bag security issues reflected either inaccuracies or fraud, it would have shown up in recount totals which varied from prior counts. But it did not. It's just a theory.
Yet Kloppenburg is digging in deeper, writing an Op-ed published this evening at the Journal Sentinel website, in which Kloppenburg stands by her decision for a statewide recount and again pushes the ballot bag security claim:..
Questions about the authenticity of ballots have arisen during the recount process due to holes in some ballot bags, gaps in their closure or issues with security tags. A hole in a ballot bag or a missing security tag is not enough evidence alone to discard the ballots inside. The ability to put a hand into a ballot bag is not by itself evidence of fraud....Ouch.
During a recount, the people in charge of recounting the ballots are not the people who handled and counted the ballots on Election Night. If the ballots had been tampered with between the election and the recount, there would be a break in the chain of custody and an unexplained difference in the results....
So far, we have found no significant, unexplained variances of vote totals. Staff will continue to review Waukesha County’s results as they come in each day until the recount is complete.