May she gag on her feet…
After Tuesday night’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election, a computer
error in heavily Republican Waukesha County failed to send election
results for the entire City of Brookfield to the Associated Press. The
error, revealed today, would give incumbent Supreme Court Justice David
Prosser a net 7,381 votes against his challenger, attorney Joanne
Kloppenburg. On Wednesday, Kloppenburg declared victory after the AP
reported she finished the election with a 204-vote lead, out of nearly
1.5 million votes cast.
On election night, AP results showed a turnout of 110,000 voters in
Waukesha County — well short of the 180,000 voters that turned out last
November, and 42 percent of the county’s total turnout. By comparison,
nearly 90 percent of Dane County voters who cast a ballot in November
turned out to vote for Kloppenburg.
Prior to the election, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus was heavily criticized
for her decision to keep the county results on an antiquated personal
computer, rather than upgrade to a new data system being utilized
statewide. Nickolaus cited security concerns for keeping the data
herself — yet when she reported the data, it did not include the City of
Brookfield, whose residents cast nearly 14,000 votes.
Throughout the day Thursday, official canvass numbers flipped the lead
back and forth between Prosser and Kloppenburg. While many believed a
recount was inevitable, the addition of the Brookfield votes for Prosser
could push the justice’s lead beyond the legal threshold that would
trigger an automatic recount. Under state law, Kloppenburg could still
ask for a recount up to three days after the official canvass, but would
have to pay for it herself.
“Waukesha County officials have announced a press conference for 5:30 CST.”
More details as they become available.
— Christian Schneider is a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.
We now return you to your narrative…
Hat Tip: NRO via Ace of Spades