Computer Error Could Give Prosser 7,381 More Votes


A “computer error” may turn the Wisconsin election to David Prosser

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.

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Is this from here?

I somehow missed the 3:30 PT announcement.
Was a winner announced or just more confusion?

Yeah Nan….tag was left out, fixed now.

Yeah, its confirmed:

At a press conference just moments ago, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus explained how “human error” caused nearly 15,000 votes from the city of Brookfield to be excluded from early county tabulations.

A clearly nervous Nickolaus said that she first discovered that data for Brookfield was missing when she uploaded a database of county votes to a state system, and noticed that all rows and columns for the city contained zeros. On Wednesday, the county’s bipartisan canvassing board began reviewing those unofficial results — which didn’t contain the Brookfield numbers — with official tape totals from voting machines throughout the county. They found a discrepancy.

“I discovered that the data that was sent to me from the city of Brookfield was not transferred to the final report that was given to the media on Tuesday night,” Nickolaus said. Heavily red Brookfield, she said, had cast 10,859 for Prosser and 3,456 for Kloppenberg, netting the incumbent over 7,000 votes and a lead that could put him beyond the legal trigger for a mandatory recount.

Nickolaus assured reporters repeatedly that “This is not a a case of extra votes or extra ballots being found.” The canvassing process is a standard part of election results certification in the state, and its purpose is to catch errors just like this one.

…”We sat through an open transparent meeting for the last day and a half. We sat with people from both sides of the aisle and went through every tape, number by number, then proofed those numbers again.”

At one point Ramona Kitzinger, a Democratic representative on the canvassing board and vice-chair of county’s Democratic party, stepped up to podium to confirm Nickolaus’s account. “We’re satisfied that it’s correct,” Kitzinger said of the numbers.“We went over everything and made sure the numbers jibed.”

Thank you lord.

@wildbill, #4:

Thank you lord.

It’s possible people might want to send their Thank You cards to a different address. Given the way the election results have been recorded and kept by the Waukesha County Clerk, we’ll probably never know for sure.

Questions about Ms. Nickolaus’ peculiar arrangement for keeping county election records haven’t come up only because of the rather curious appearance of previously unreported votes 2 days after a critical election. Concerns were being raised last August.

@Greg: It’s kind of like a negative Al Franken vote.

God Bless America!

We do things differently in my own Indiana county. Last time I voted, I showed photo ID, signed a voters’ register where my name and address already appeared, filled out a paper ballot, and ran the completed ballot into an electronic counter as an election officer watched. The paper ballot was then dropped into a lock box in case the electronic counts were later questioned. No partisan county official would ever be allowed to record and tabulate election results on a personal computer.

I find the Waukesha County Clerk’s procedure and the apparent lack of oversight shocking. I don’t know how anyone of either party could ever feel confident about election results under such circumstances.


I really appreciated this:
At one point Ramona Kitzinger, a Democratic representative on the canvassing board and vice-chair of county’s Democratic party, stepped up to podium to confirm Nickolaus’s account. “We’re satisfied that it’s correct,” Kitzinger said of the numbers.“We went over everything and made sure the numbers jibed.”

I fully expect a Kloppenburg concession speech today, as gracious as she was once confident of her win yesterday, but who knows.

Looks like little Davey Prosser just slew the “Giant” unions with a little help from that….. refreshingly, “silent” majority. “On Wisconsin!”

Apparently, all the counts and numbers were correct the first time, but that the process that fed the numbers to the AP was flawed.

@DrJohn: #9:

Has it been ever been demonstrated that the number of convicted felons who voted prior to legal restoration of their voting rights actually influenced the Minnessota election one way or the other? (A rhetorical question. The answer is no.) An allegation, by definition, isn’t proven fact. It isn’t exactly unheard of for republicans to be convicted of felonies.

A democratic Minnesota state representative has introduced a bill clarifying convicted felons’ voting rights, btw. Most cases of illegal voting by felons in Minnesota seem to result from confusion about their current eligibility to vote. The bill has passed in the Minnesota house. A similar bill was passed in 2009. It didn’t become law because it was vetoed by Tim Pawlenty.

‘It’s Not the People Who Vote that Count; It’s the People Who Count the Votes’,
Josef Stalin

Believe it!

@Nan G, #8:

If Prosser has a substantial lead after bipartisan the canvassing is completed and the Waukesha situation has been resolved as an honest error, people on both sides will simply have to accept the results. It’s certainly better that the outcome won’t turn on only a couple of hundred votes. All of the other minor miscounts the canvassing has revealed would have cast serious doubt on so small a margin. The political process in Wisconsin is already fouled up enough without adding that additional uncertainty to the mix.

Although it is more a sign of this being a ”message” vote than a ”fraud” vote, I thought it interesting that 10,000 voters in Madison skipped their vote for mayor in a hotly contested election for mayor.
The only mark on their ballot was for JoAnne Kloppenburg.

Just weird, that’s all.

@Old Trooper 2, #13:

Yep. And now we’ve all got the people who program and run the computers to worry about, too. Along with the hackers.

“No partisan county official…”

Whos says she is partisan Greg?

There is no fraud in this. These were NOT found votes as they were never lost. The paper trail existed in the system even without them being included in the total. Unlike votes in other elections, these can be tracked and weren’t found in the back of a car.