RECOUNT? YES, in Waukesha County!
RECOUNT? YES, in Waukesha County!
At minimum, WE THE PEOPLE of WI deserve a FULL RECOUNT of ballots in the WI Supreme Court Election in WAUKESHA COUNTY. I am offended by David Prosser’s stance to DENY RECOUNT out of hand. IF he were the one who had lost the April 5, 2011 election, I assert HE HIMSELF would be demanding a RECOUNT. What IF the “error” (I am NOT yet convinced that this was a bona fide “error”!) had been in DANE COUNTY with the vote count shifting the election to JOANN KLOPPENBURG? I am sure David Prosser would be DEMANDING a RECOUNT! What do YOU think?
Certainly, the filing for RECOUNT in the COUNTY OF WAUKESHA is NOT, as Prosser claims, “frivolous”! That term is a convenient “legal” term which lawyers and judges use to side-step VERY SIGNIFICANT ISSUES too often. I accuse David Prosser of that side-stepping!
Read the Wisconsin State Journal’s feature article today, “Prosser’s team urges Kloppenburg to drop ‘frivolous’ recount.”
The situation in WAUKESHA COUNTY has undermined my confidence in the electoral system in WI. What level of ACCOUNTABILITY is there for ACCURATE VOTE REPORTING in each of the 72 counties in WI? What about the 1,258 towns? What about the 190 cities? What about the 403 villages in WI? (Numbers based on 2009 US Census report.) In this context, do you think WI has tooooo many local divisions of government?! I do.
The WI Government Accountability Board was created to provide needed oversight – supervision and enforcement of Wisconsin's campaign finance, elections, ethics, and lobbying laws. I have followed the development of that board since it was created by Wisconsin Act 1 in 2007 and started its work in January 2008. I encourage you to read through the information and resources available on the http://gab.wi.gov/ “Government Accountability Board” website. I use if frequently for factual data/information.
I honestly do NOT understand how the four (4) wards of the TOWN OF BROOKFIELD in WAUKESHA COUNTY could be “omitted” from the April 5, 2011 totals reported by the Waukesha County Clerk.
IF you want to see the ballot numbers from the canvass of WAUKESHA COUNTY, use this link to "a href="http://gab.wi.gov/April5SupremeCourt"> the GAB's WI Supreme Court totals report. Scroll down to "Contests By Reporting Unit For County Use Waukesha" - and open the EXCEL file with the canvass totals.
I await a THOROUGH investigation of the WAUKESHA COUNTY election results. I dare to HOPE that the KLOPPENBURG campaign will act on behalf of WE THE PEOPLE of WI by requesting a FULL RE-COUNT of the WAUKESHA APRIL 5, 2011 ELECTION RETURNS. Without such a re-count, there will be a VERY SIGNIFICANT cloud over the ELECTION RESULTS for WI Supreme Court on April 5, 2011. It was such a close election that the results from the 4 wards in the TOWN OF BROOKFIELD in the COUNTY OF WAUKESHA shifted the election.
urt ballots in WAUKESHA COUNTY! WHY the long delay in CORRECTING the numbers? "Error"?! I remind readers about RONALD REAGAN's advice, "Trust, but verify!" Yes, this "error" needs VERIFICATION via RECOUNT!!
Therefore, WE THE PEOPLE of WI deserve the reassurance of a TOTAL RECOUNT in WAUKESHA COUNTY! What do YOU expect?
Here we go…
John Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Waukesha and an advocate for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.