Something Rotten in Wisconsin (It’s Not the Cheese)

An interesting thing happened yesterday in the Wisconsin race for Supreme Court Justice.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said more than 14,000 votes weren’t reported to The Associated Press on Tuesday due to “human error.” Nickolaus previously worked for a GOP caucus that was under the control of Justice David Prosser, who was speaker of the Assembly at the time and who now stands to benefit from the clerk’s error.

There were 3,456 missing votes for Democratic-backed challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg and 11,059 for incumbent GOP-backed Justice David Prosser.

These missing votes were from Waukesha County; specifically, the city of Brookfield. There are a couple of things that make this discovery suspect.

Wisconsin State Journal reporter Mary Spicuzza noted on Twitter, “Kathy Nickolaus worked for Assembly Republican Caucus when Prosser was Speaker. Caucus is controlled by speaker, so he is her former boss.”

Another anomaly is that Nickolaus kept the votes on an outdated personal computer rather than the modern system being used statewide. In a statement from Senate Minority Leader Peter Barca, he notes;

[Nickolaus] has been the subject of multiple complaints from other Waukesha officials on how she handles elections and keeps public information to herself outside the official county system where others can verify it.

The new Supreme Court race vote totals she “discovered” during canvassing not only swung the election but also put the race just barely past the amount needed to trigger a state-financed recount.

It is especially troubling that she waited more than 24 hours to report the startling discovery and then did so at a press conference and only after she verified the results. This makes it all the harder to challenge and audit the integrity of the vote.

The partisan, political history of Ms. Nickolaus and the serious concerns about the quality of her performance found in an audit raises the question of whether an investigation is warranted. The public deserves to know that the votes were counted properly.

Coincidence? Possibly. Fraud? Maybe. Incompetence? Most certainly. Investigation? Likely. Many are calling for an immediate investigation and impounding of all equipment related to the election in Waukesha County. This is likely to be in the spotlight for a few weeks and I suspect Ms. Nickolaus has to be worried about her employment prospects about now.

About Mr. Universe

Mr. Universe is a musician/songwriter and an ex-patriot of the south. He currently lives and teaches at a University in the Pacific Northwest. He is a long distance hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. He is also an author and woodworker. An outspoken political voice, he takes a decidedly liberal stance in politics.
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7 Responses to Something Rotten in Wisconsin (It’s Not the Cheese)

  1. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    Under Wisconsin law are those voted tolled until after an investigation can verify? IOW can the election be certified until then?

  2. dcpetterson says:

    This is an example of why “conspiracy theories” have a bad name. In order to make us hesitant to be suspicious of something like this, lest we be written off as mere paranoid conspiracy theorists.

  3. Monotreme says:

    Let’s say the Waukesha county votes are counted, and Prosser thereby wins the election.

    The Republicans and Governor Walker once again win the battle. But they lose the war, big time. The Wisconsin Supreme Court returns to status quo ante but now the Democratic base is really mad.

    If Kloppenburg had won, on the other hand, it would have been difficult to maintain the necessary level of Democratic angina through the long, slow recall process.

  4. filistro says:

    Treme… I was thinking the same thing. That’s why I’m not all that exercised over these “found” votes.

    Poor old Prosser… every union or recall issue that comes before the court on which he votes the party line… every single one…. is going to pour more gasoline on a fire that’s already raging.

  5. shortchain says:

    Certain right-wingers were suggesting, before this came to light, that the solution was for Kloppenburg to recuse herself in any case which involved those to whom she owed her election. The individual suggesting it went so far as to assert that the unions basically put her in office.

    So I hereby suggest that Prosser, if elected, must recuse himself in any case which involves unions, the Republican party, elections, etc, etc.

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