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Saturday, April 16, 2011

[Lack of] Election integrity in Wisconsi

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[Lack of] Election integrity in Wisconsin

Posted: 15 Apr 2011 05:35 PM PDT

by David Safier

If you've been following the Wisconsin Supreme Court elections, you probably know a whopping 14,000 votes were "discovered" by Kathy Nickolaus in Waukesha County, giving Governor Walker's buddy David Prosser a 7,000 vote lead. Nickolaus just kind of forgot to enter them in the only place the county's votes are stored, the circa 1995 personal computer in her office (no, I am not making this up).

While people are trying to figure out what's going on in the count, Nickolaus' past election problems are beginning to surface. BradBlog has a long post on the topic, and you can find more on Daily Kos. As a sign this story is spreading beyond liberal Democrats and the election integrity crowd, the story is also covered in the Wisconsin State Journal.

In a 2006 attorney general election, the number of votes Nickolaus reported was almost 20,000 more than the total votes cast. It's not easy to explain that one away. It's also hard to explain how the county turnout in the 2004 Presidential election could have been 97.63%. Fifty percent, maybe. Seventy percent would be a reasonable stretch. But 97.63%?

I don't know what level of diligence the Wisconsin government will exercise to figure this out. I have no idea how securely the state's ballots are stored to preserve the integrity of a possible hand count. But I know something is rotten, maybe in the state of Wisconsin, surely in the county of Waukesha.

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