Wisconsin Supreme Court race canvass continues
April 8th, 2011
05:27 PM ET
4 years ago

Wisconsin Supreme Court race canvass continues

(CNN) - Waukesha County vote totals may have caused a stir in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election Thursday, but as vote results from additional counties become official, Justice David Prosser continues to lead JoAnne Kloppenburg.

The results from Waukesha County became official Friday, and were added to the Wisconsin state Government Accountability Board's website of officially reporting counties. Ballots from the city of Brookfield that had been left out of unofficial vote totals were discovered, changing the final vote tally and swinging results in the favor of Prosser in that county.

The Wisconsin state Government Accountability Board has added canvass results from 53 counties and 19 still remain. Vote totals tabulated from each county of the 53 reflect that Prosser leads Kloppenburg by roughly 100,000 votes. Of the nineteen counties remaining, canvass vote totals from populous Milwaukee and Kenosha are still outstanding.

Kloppenburg, who received support from unions during her campaign, declared victory on Wednesday, the day after the election. But the canvassing of Waukesha County, a large county which experienced higher-than-usual voter turnout, revealed votes that through "human error" were left out of unofficial tallies given to the media.

Though the Wisconsin Supreme Court election is nonpartisan, independent partisan groups have spent more than $2.5 million on television commercials to influence the outcome. The court is divided 4-3 between conservative and liberal-leaning justices. If opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union legislation that limits collective bargaining rights advances to the Supreme Court, a partisan split on the bench could affect a ruling decision. Prosser is thought to be sympathetic to Walker's actions, taken in an effort to rein in Wisconsin's budget. Unions have thrown their support behind Kloppenburg, hoping that a victory in the election will give them an advocate on the bench.

The Wisconsin state Government Accountability Board has not certified the results for the April 5 election and will not do so until all of the results are received.


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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Karen

    Thank you Bridgefield, Wisconsin. Your votes kept that crazy liberal whacko off your Supreme Court. Please send tourist info. I want to visit Waukesha county.

    April 8, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. OneMoreTime

    Good plan. If your guy is losing, just look in the kitchen cabinet and pull out a few extra votes. Works every time.

    April 8, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. GaryB

    So let's see, they suddenly "discovered" votes from a country where turnout is suddeenly being described as "unexpectedly high" and the votes overwhelmingly favor the governor's hand-picked candidate (the gocernor himself being hand-picked by the Koch brothers to further the rights of the rich over the middle class) even though polling indicates that he should have a light edge? I think a federal investigation is in order.

    April 8, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. DIANA

    I find it suspicious that these votes mysteriously appeared when that guy lost. Reminds me of 2000 with Bush. How many people were in that county? Last I heard it was very close but she won.

    April 8, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Republican Robber Baron

    Karen does not even live in Wisconsin and thinks she can just make-up her own facts. So because Kloppenburg is sympathetic to unions, that makes her a crazy liberal whacko? Get real.

    April 8, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. John in Long Beach Ca

    Good see vote counters in Wisconsin are taking their time and not pulling a Minnesota or Chicago. Rise a Leinenkugel!

    April 8, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Vince

    There is nothing more pathetic than a bunch of liberals squealing because they were not able to hijack the political process with their “end justifies the means” mentality.

    April 8, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. maria

    And we complain about other countries corrupt voting tactics. Bush now this creep.

    April 8, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Zalmo

    The Waukesha County Clerk
    1. Used to work for Prosser
    2. Kept voting totals on her personal PC, not in the Gov provided voting system
    3. Claims she forgot to save vote totals in Microsoft Access ( Which either prompts you to save on closing or auto-saves)
    4. Audited in 2010 for irregularities in a previous vote, refused IT access to her backup scheme.

    Nothing to see here.

    April 8, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Zalmo

    5. She used to be a computer analyst, so she'd have no idea how to manipulate computer data, none at all.

    April 8, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. Mike Hawthorne

    People are putting way too much importance into this election. The lawsuit is based on the passage of the union-busting law without giving 24 hours public notice (violation of open meetings law). Even if the courts rule the new law invalid, what's stopping the Republican-led legislature from just giving the required notice and passing the law again? Since it's not a budget item, they don't need any Democrat legislators to even be there (just like how they passed it before).

    April 8, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Rickster

    Democrats cannot possibly be complaining about voter fraud. Coming from the masters of voter fraud, that takes a lot of nerve. What are the odds that some democrat/union crony will roll up to the election office in a 1982 Buick with a trunk full of "misplaced" ballots in an old ACORN box?

    April 8, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Sounds like election fraud to me, just like Florida in 2000. The entire election process in the U.S. should come under investigation, and especially in these states that have fanatical agendas being pushed upon their people.

    April 8, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. terry,va

    For all you idiots out there, this is not a Franken where ballot boxes were pulled out of car trunks and prison votes were counted. The clerk entered the county votes but didn't hit save and all the county votes were not entered. Romone Kitzinger the vice chair of the Waukesha County Demo party which observed the canvass, said she is satisfied that the numbers are now correct. " We went over everything and made sure the numbers jibed up and they did, she said" End of story dumbocraps. Nothing stolen here . I can't say that about other races.

    April 8, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Jiim

    Refreshing to see that the voters see through all the Unions bluster, blowing and threats. Individuals continue to speak best for themselves.

    April 8, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. Shari from Madison WI

    This whole thing stinks! If I called a coworker a bitch and threatened to destroy her, I would be fired on the spot!. Yet Prosser can do this with no consequences! And all these votes that just showed up, why weren't they found before? I bet because the Repugnant repubs didn't think they would need the votes. But now they do and so, here they are. Wisconsin is now officially a corrupt state being run by Walker and his rubber stamp, Prosser.

    April 8, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Maren

    Karen, it's Brookfield, not Bridgefield.

    And CNN/Rebecca Stewart - your statement that "that Prosser leads Kloppenburg by roughly 100,000 votes" appears to be a typo. Perhaps you meant 10,000? On the Government Accountability Board's website, the current tally of votes from counties that have reported indicate a lead of approximately 39,000.

    April 8, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. Richard

    The votes weren't suddenly discovered. They weren't counted!! Let's recap. You lost the race for govenor. You lost the race for supreme court. When will you libs understand that we the people of wisconsin want our state back! We are sick and tired of bills being rammed down our throat (Remember Doyles overnight tax increase without any discussion). YOU LOST. GET OVER IT!!!

    April 8, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Tad Pole

    I had to laugh at Karen's comment as well. Why don't we just wait and see who won, and then respect the decision? About time we (the people of this country) started accepting vicotries and losses with a bit more grace, regardless of the politcal party.

    April 8, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. MikeT

    Funny we didn't hear this crying when the Al Franken recount found enough 'errors' to change the election outcome. You just don't like it when it doesn't go your way.

    April 8, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. Lemmy

    I live in Chicago, but this stinks so bad I can smell it from here. A former Prosser employee who's had previous run-ins with the law over sloppy and suspect election practices, and who illegally transferred election materials to her personal computer, suddenly "discovers" that she "mistakenly" failed to tally 7000 votes in Prosser's favor, which is just enough to put his margin of "victory" over the point that would automatically trigger a recount. There are too many coincidences there for this to look - or smell - anything less than fishy. The WI GOP is turning the state into banana republic. The people need to fight back, and will, starting with the recall of GOP senators. Then they can recall that dumb thug Walker next year.

    April 8, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  22. Steve- Illinois

    Thank You Wisconsin!!!!

    April 8, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. California Conservative

    All liberals are crazy whacko's.

    This time ACORN won't skew the numbers in this election like they did in 08.

    April 8, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. Rick

    Everybody should understand that Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, who "found" all the missing votes for Prosser, is a long time Republican operative. In the 1990s, she worked as a staffer for the Assembly Republican caucus that was shut down following a criminal investigation into state staffers, like Nickolaus, doing campaign work on state time. Prosser, as leader of the Assembly Republicans at that time, was effectively her boss.

    Anybody else thinks this stinks to high heaven?

    April 8, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. sandy

    Hey "One More Time"...it worked for Al Frankin.

    April 8, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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