Wisconsin court race jolted by uncounted ballot find

MADISON, Wis Thu Apr 7, 2011 6:57pm EDT

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MADISON, Wis (Reuters) - Officials in Waukesha County on Thursday said a final review of paperwork and other records from this week's closely watched Wisconsin Supreme Court election had uncovered thousands of uncounted votes, a potentially stunning development that could upend the contest.

Unofficial returns on Wednesday had given the union-backed challenger in the race, JoAnne Kloppenburg, a narrow 204-vote statewide lead over Republican David Prosser.

But late Thursday, the county clerk in Waukesha, a Republican stronghold, said workers had found 7,582 votes uncounted votes for Prosser.

Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said she would hold a press conference at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the discovery.

(Reporting by Jeff Mayers; writing by James B. Kelleher; editing by Tim Gaynor)

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Comments (16)
DaveMinnich wrote:
I’m luvin’ it! If it’s true, that is.

Apr 07, 2011 7:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ginchinchili wrote:
Wow! Republicans in a predominantly Republican district suddenly “found” 7,582 votes that just happen to be for Prosser, another well-funded puppet of the Koch brothers. What a sham. America is a joke. Our Founding Fathers have seen all of their hard work undone by a very anti-democratic Republican Party. The Republican Party needs to be outlawed and I bet the entire world would applaud us on such a move. They’re too dumb and too dangerous. The United States and the world would be so much better off.

Apr 07, 2011 7:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rennemartin wrote:
Of course they did. The GOP loves to steal elections. They are the dirtiest political party to ever exist. They are truly filthy. They are corrupted to the nth degree. Just look at the policy riders in the House govt funding bill and you will see who owns them. They can have their dirty little supreme court election. It will just make more people angry and keep the pendulum swinging left. Its really the best thing that could happen for the coming recall elections.

Apr 07, 2011 7:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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