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Wisconsin Recount a Mess

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Posted on May 4, 2011
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Brad Friedman has taken an exhaustive look at Wisconsin’s Supreme Court recount—a race that held national interest before dropping off the radar—and determined that officials are working without transparency, using flawed techniques and posting false information.  —PZS

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Where Minnesota’s post-election hand count of the 2008 U.S. Senate election between then Sen. Norm Coleman and now Sen. Al Franken was, as we wrote at the UK’s Guardian at the time, “one of the longest and most transparent election hand-counts in the history of the US,” Wisconsin has made it extremely difficult (putting it nicely) to know what the hell is actually going on in their statewide “recount” of the April 5th, 2011 state Supreme Court election between Justice David Prosser and Asst. Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg.

Where Minnesota’s chief election official, Sec. of State Mark Ritchie, oversaw a process to ensure that updated and accurate numbers were easily tracked and transparently shared with the media on a daily basis, Wisconsin’s chief election authority, their Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.), has posted (and even sometimes removed) confusing, misleading, and unclear updates, often with inaccurate information, on various schedules, and frequently with little or no explanation for wholesale changes and deletion of data.

Where Minnesota counted every vote by hand with full public scrutiny, including photographs and video cameras, Wisconsin is tabulating ballots, often by the same oft-failed, easily-manipulated computer systems that counted them in the first place, behind barriers that preclude broad public oversight, under an agreement between both campaigns which disallows the use of video cameras by observers.

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By CaptRon, May 5, 2011 at 10:27 am Link to this comment

The longer this is stalled out helps limit Walker’s pillage if nothing else. The time for retaliation by recall looms ever closer and if their legislators can be recalled and changed positively it can make Walker a lame duck nearly. Always hoping for the best to watch this crook squirm. Crook because he took money to do it.

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By Leefeller, May 5, 2011 at 2:38 am Link to this comment

Republicans and numbers is like oil and water!

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By Scarlett, May 4, 2011 at 11:08 pm Link to this comment
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^^^ In the last election here in Colorado, upwards of
1500 people who voted found not even to be residents of
State.  Guess what party…?

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By purplewolf, May 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

Bet the repukelican comes out the winner, just as with G.W.‘s stolen elections. They are dishonest and never play by the law and rules as they are above the law. Don’t thin k so, just ask them.

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