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Media: Ballots May ‘Upend WI Elections’

From a never partisan Reuters:

Ballot find threatens to upend Wisconsin election

Fri Apr 8, 2011

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – Officials in Waukesha County on Thursday said a final review of paperwork and records from a closely watched Wisconsin Supreme Court election uncovered thousands of uncounted votes, a potentially stunning development that could upend the contest.

Unofficial returns on Wednesday gave the union-backed challenger, JoAnne Kloppenburg, a narrow 204 vote statewide lead over Republican David Prosser.

But late Thursday, the county clerk in Waukesha, a Republican stronghold, said that votes not included in earlier totals had resulted in a net gain of 7,582 votes for Prosser.

News of the uncounted votes came as officials throughout Wisconsin were conducting county canvasses, a final review of voting records that allows the state to certify this week’s bitterly contested elections…

Meanwhile, the Associated Press, who are the real culprits in this story, is also decrying the upending of their victory:

Ballot error threatens to upend key Wisconsin supreme court election

Published Thursday, Apr. 07, 2011

A conservative incumbent surged to a commanding lead in Wisconsin’s hotly contested Supreme Court election Thursday, after a predominantly Republican county’s clerk announced she had incorrectly entered vote totals in the race seen as a referendum on Republican Governor Scott Walker’s divisive union rights law.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said more than 14,000 votes weren’t reported to The Associated Press on Tuesday due to “human error.”

“This is not a case of extra votes or extra ballots being found,” Ms. Nickolaus said. “This is human error, which I apologize for.”

Ms. Nickolaus said the most significant error occurred when she entered totals from the city of Brookfield, a suburb of Milwaukee, but they were not saved

It should also be pointed out that the official vote canvas will not happen until next week. The Associated Press does not certify Wisconsin’s vote counts. The AP does not and should not have anything to do with the vote process. It should not be declaring the winners in Wisconsin elections – or indeed, anywhere else.

Reporting preliminary vote counts to the press is not an official act. There is no law that says they must be reported to the AP. It is merely a favor to the press, a courtesy. And it is probably a practice which should be ended, since the news media regularly exploit it to their ends, particularly when the contest is close.

Moreover, it should have been blatantly obvious to the AP that these early results were incomplete. Real time observers on Wisconsin websites were saying that the counts could not possibly be correct. It was noted that the numbers from Waukesha County, which is a Republican stronghold, were far too low.

But instead of admitting their own culpability in this incident, the AP goes on in their article to try to smear the reputation of the county clerk. Which we will chronicle in our next posting.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 8th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Media: Ballots May ‘Upend WI Elections’”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    What a shocker – AP attempting to pretend that in a state that went big time Republican in November (and given some past elections – probably has been all along) – somehow manage to stoke all the Dems to get them to the polls to override the Republican (what appears to be) majority.

    I would say that Big Union and it’s political wing – the DNC are finding it hard to win elections without the ACORN fraudsters helping out.

  2. Tom Moeller says:

    Your satirical yet accurate assessment of this matter causes me to post my first comment on this site.

    Well Done! Clear evaluation of the message and one of the best presentations of the facts (an what they really mean) I have seen so far of this event.

    BZ… carry on.

  3. proreason says:

    It’s clear now how they tried to steal another one.

    The information that Steve provides in the story is the dna of the crime.
    – Everyone familiar Wisconsis precincts knew the preliminary reports were missing key vote counts. National observors did not, but the Make Believe Media certainly knew.
    – As soon as Kloppendumpkoff grabbed the tiniest lead, she “declared” victory. It seemed curious at the time that a rational candidate would do so with a lead that was bound to flipflop for days or weeks.
    – The “declaration” was deliberately done at the first opportunity to establish the dimwits claim to “victory”
    – Now they claim that it was stolen from them.

    I’m telling ya, these criminals never rest. They spend 100 times as much time plotting their schemes as they do listening to the public.

  4. oldpuppydixie says:

    TRANSLATION: The “unofficial” returns gave the AP’s candidate the victory, but the OFFICIAL returns–you know…the ACTUAL will of the voters–gave the election to Prosser, the AP’s enemy!!! Therefore, some evil, crooked Republican shill MUST be responsible…for SOMETHING bad!!

    Gee…maybe the AP should have used exit polling!

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    I see Al Franken(stein) is closed mouthed on this.
    You’d think AP would have questioned the profiteer of vote stealing on this one.
    Another missed opportunity from the scumbag press masters.

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