April 6, 2011

What does it mean that 24 of the 3630 precincts have not yet reported their votes in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race?

The polls closed 12 hours ago, and the race has been really tight all along as results came in. Right now Prosser holds a slim lead, with 736,878, over Kloppenburg's 736,043. That's a mere 835 votes.

At the link, you can scan the list to find the counties that haven't reported all their precincts and see which candidate is favored in the precincts that have reported. For example, Ashland has 6 precinct that haven't reported, but in the 22 that have reported, Kloppenburg did much better than Prosser, 71% to 29%. If you assume the precincts are equal in population and the 71-29% split remains intact, Kloppenburg should decrease Prosser's lead by 405 votes when Ashland comes in.

There's one more precinct in Madison's Dane County. You can try to calculate what that precinct should be, using the 73-27% difference between the candidates in the 248 precincts that have reported, but I'd like to know what part of town the nonreporting precinct is in. More important, I'd like to know why that one precinct hasn't reported, because, without more, I'm suspicious that politicos with a "by any means necessary" attitude are waiting to see how many votes are needed.

What security do we have that these votes are being handled properly? With the vote so close, and the number needed to close the gap right there for all to see, it's hard to believe that nobody's going to cheat.

This race has been so politicized that, whether Prosser or Kloppenburg wins, the public will lack faith in the work of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Every 4-3 decision — assuming the winner of this election is one of the 4 — will raise suspicion. The power of the court, in the end, rests on the faith of the people. It cannot balance the power of the other branches of government without the faith that this election has eroded.

This is why I think a Kloppenburg victory will be a disaster. Her supporters and her opponents expect her to vote to undo the legislation of the Republican majority that won decisively in the November election. If she proceeds to decide cases that way, people — including her supporters — won't believe that her vote was properly judicial, and the decision against the legislation will look like the court abused its power. How then will the court retain its prestige? If the people do not believe that the court is a court, then we will not have a workable system of separated powers in our state government.

UPDATE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
As of 9:45 this morning, the Associated Press had results for all but 7 of the state's 3,630 precincts and Kloppenburg had taken a 140 vote lead after Prosser had been ahead most of the night by less than 1,000 votes.

That close margin had political insiders from both sides talking about the possibility of a recount, which Wisconsin has avoided in statewide races in recent decades. Any recount could be followed by lawsuits - litigation that potentially would be decided by the high court.

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Fen said...

What security do we have that these votes are being handled properly?

The union-supporting Police were guarding the ballots overnight.

Drew said...

If she proceeds to decide cases that way, people — including her supporters — won't believe that her vote was properly judicial, and the decision against the legislation will look like the court abused its power.

I have a hard time believing that. Her supporters are supporters precisely because they want her to undo the November election.

Bob Ellison said...

Maybe Kloppenberg will recognize the danger and recuse like mad. Maybe?

Triangle Man said...

Some of those non-reporting precincts may have no votes in them.

Quayle said...

America has transformed the world in connectivity and data processing, but we can't seem to get an election results until days, weeks, after it takes place?

Who's game is benefited by this archaic condition?

ThreeSheets said...

Quick look at the link, it looks like only 2 of the 24 precincts that haven't reported are in counties that went for Prosser. Get ready, folks. It's coming.

Famous Original Mike said...

I’m surprised it was as close as it was, but the race is over, Kloppenburg’s clearly going to win. Expect boxes of ballots to be found.

Simon said...

"What does it mean that 24 of the 3630 precincts have not yet reported their votes in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race?"

It means they're waiting to see how many votes the correct result requires.

"If she proceeds to decide cases that way, people … won't believe that her vote was properly judicial…. How then will the court retain its prestige? If the people do not believe that the court is a court, then we will not have a workable system of separated powers in our state government."

Whoa. I'm having a flashback to Bush v. Gore. "How will the court maintain its prestige in the face of such naked partisanship!" cried partisans of the losing side, while overlooking the partisanship of the four dissenting justices. Then as now, the answer turned out to be America's most powerful shield against political unrest: A deep and seemingly inexhaustible well of public apathy.

PaulV said...

Who said that it is who counts the votes that decides elections?

Lucius said...

Alas, I'm past assuming that some arcane old notion of civil republicanism like separation of powers really has much pull with contemporary liberals.

The judiciary is just Legislature 2.0.

And stuffing the ballot boxes? How else can they counter all that evil Koch money used to brainwash voters? It's fighting fire with fire!!!

Fake ballots= Republican campaign money 2.0

Dave Himrich said...

Wouldn't it be nice if someone actually investigated and discovered the reasons why these precincts remain unreported?

Simon said...

Bob Ellison said...
"Maybe Kloppenberg will recognize the danger and recuse like mad. Maybe?"

Thereby affirming the court below 3 to 3. She can recuse without making a difference; it's the election that counts, the removal of Prosser, not K's vote.

TosaGuy said...

Even when Klopp steals the election, there is no mandate against Walker. For every person yelling and banging bongos at the capitol is a person who thinks he is an idiot. The unions and Dems threw everything they had at this race and could not win it outright. Their 85K edge in Dane County will be neutralized for any recall election. Statewide, they will have to focus on numerous races and not just one and against senators who won in a very bad year in 2008. The unions just may steal this, but it won't be the victory they wanted or needed.

Lincolntf said...

How you people live in such a half-assed Banana Republic is beyond me. Does anybody think that the people who issued death threats, defaced monuments and occupied the Capitol are above fudging a few ballots? There are consequences to not enforcing the law, and I fear Wisconsin is about to reap some of them.

garage mahal said...

More important, I'd like to know why that one precinct hasn't reported, because, without more, I'm suspicious that politicos with a "by any means necessary" attitude are waiting to see how many votes are needed.

Remember, Walker was caught cheating at Marquette for illegally campaigning. And we've seen how he and the WI GOP operate with regards to rules and laws.

Hilarious hearing the howler monkeys screaming about cheating, when, you know, Prosser is actually ahead.

carrie said...

In my rural Dane County township they ran out of ballots. When that happens, they use photocopied ballots. Photocopied ballots need to be counted by hand which slows things down and delays reporting the results. This happend in November too. I wonder if that is what is causing the delays. I know our town clerk and the people who help count the ballots in my township and I trust them.

ESM said...

Just did a calculation where I extrapolated the vote counts in missing precincts by the partial county results. Kloppenberg wins by 390 votes.

There are 9 counties with unreported precincts, 7 of them leaning towards Kloppenberg (some very heavily leaning) and 2 of them leaning towards Plosser.

I do agree it's suspicious. My money is on Kloppenberg winning this. The Democrats seem to pull out close elections far more often then Republicans. There is an innocuous explanation, e.g. Dem voters spoil their ballots more frequently, so recounts improve Dem vote totals, but I suspect there is an element of fraud as well.

chickelit said...

I think we have a signal-to-noise problem. Expect those missing precincts to show after military and absentee ballots have been counted.

Now would not be a good time for garage mahal to interject what an overwhelming mandate Kloppenburg has to "fix" the Walker bill.

But hey! Jerry Soglin is back! Can Jim Rowen be far behind?

New York said...

"I don't care Obama is awesome"

cubanbob said...

PaulV said...
Who said that it is who counts the votes that decides elections?

4/6/11 9:01 AM

Joseph Stalin. More correctly he said it's not the vote that counts but who counts the votes that counts.

it's time to require ID to vote and eliminate same day voter registration (motor voter) and make election fraud a very serious crime with very serious mandatory prison time.

ricpic said...

Are these paper ballots or electronic? The paper are harder to play games with.

ThreeSheets said...

Garage,

When 90% of the remaining precincts are in K counties, I don't think it takes a howler monkey to be concerned. 90% does seem a bit odd.

Leland said...

Hmmm, I was just looking at the same data and had the same thoughts. It's interesting that in almost ever case where a county does not have all precincts reporting; the margin of votes for Kloppenburg is +4 or better. What's causing those precincts to be slow?

Browndog said...

It's obvious what is going on.

It's become standard democrat election procedure.

It's not the votes that count-it's the vote counters..

George Soros SOS project.

We all know how this is going to end.

The only question remains is when.

Anneruh608 said...

"Recuse like mad"

That doesn't seem like her style, at all.

This is VERY suspicious, and we've seen this movie before in WA and MN. This time it simply can't stand, but I have no idea what the legal options are if the Dems do fix the vote.

Here's my dream (and yes, I know it's probably a dream)...have a Court say that this election was irredeemably dirty and corrupt, call a new one, and in the interim the legislature passes a voter ID bill, and the legislature/Sec of State office establishes appropriate safeguards in advance to ensure that the votes from the next special election are counted accurately. Then the public will have more confidence in the outcome.

DADvocate said...

It means some ballots will be unexpectedly found in the trunk of a Democratic poll worker's car.

Lincolntf said...

Considering the "quality" of Wisconsin teachers, it's very possible that the remaining precincts simply ran out of fingers and toes.

ThreeSheets said...

ESM

Your numbers might be off because the split isn't even as to the # of precincts. While 2 counties in P territory are outstanding, they each only have 1 precinct outstanding whereas in the 7 K counties there are 22 precincts still unreported.

Jeffrey said...

From the you-just-have-to-laugh file, Monica Davey from the NYTimes summarizes today what happened in Wisconsin just recently:

After weeks at a standoff, the Republicans pushed the bill through without the Democrats by changing language in the legislation and swiftly calling for a vote. And despite threats issued weeks ago from the Republicans of contempt findings against the Democrats or even arrests, business proceeded normally on Tuesday. For the moment, court challenges have prevented the cuts to collective bargaining rights from taking effect.

*

lasckbounce said...

Trite??? But true!!!

...a republic if you can keep it...B Franklin

Evil triumphs when (enough) good men (and women) do nothing... E Burke

..The people get the government they deserve... Jefferson/
De tocqueville

We are approaching the tipping point...anonymous

GulfofMexico said...

Sauk County has 8 precincts that have not reported. Something smells in Baraboo. Or Denzer.

Rumpletweezer said...

Voter fraud should be a capital crime and the punishment ought to be execution.

Class factotum said...

It means they're waiting to see how many votes the correct result requires.


At the polling place where I worked yesterday:

The ballot box produced a tape after the polls were closed showing the votes that were counted electronically and the numbers by race. The city clerk came to the polling place as soon as possible after 8:00 to get the numbers.

The voting judge ran three tapes, each of which appeared to have been initialed by at least three other people. The box with the physical ballots was locked with a padlock.

Unless there is a vast conspiracy involving many polling place workers and election officials, I don't know how they would cheat.

bagoh20 said...

If the court kills the bill, then that says it all. Spare us the honored profession crap. You're too smart to really buy that, you just want it to be true.

Drew said...

Unless there is a vast conspiracy involving many polling place workers and election officials, I don't know how they would cheat.

"I just found this box of locked ballots under this table in the church basement!"

mrp said...

If the people do not believe that the court is a court, then we will not have a workable system of separated powers in our state government.

For the Left and its various totalitarian permutations, a discredited judiciary and a tame legislature are not bugs, they are desired features.

Patrick said...

"What security do we have that these votes are being handled properly?"

None.

Garage: Are you referring to Walker's "breaking campaign rules" at Marquette University? Where he was running for Student Government? In 1986? If not, to what violations do you refer? Otherwise, yeah, it's quite a stretch to compare that 25 year old violation to stuffing ballot boxes, don't you think. And yes, I acknowledge that there has been no accusation or proof that has happened. Got to admit though, the setting is ripe for it.

cahlmeeishmael said...

I can't predict exactly what consequences will follow from loss of public confidence in the integrity of elections, but those consequences will surely be ugly. This election is just another step down the road to the Banana Republicization of America.

F said...

Good analysis, Ann. But in truth, American voters should have lost faith in close elections long ago, what with all the votes that are decided by a box of ballots found in a closet. My gut instinct without going back and looking at them is that these decisions go largely to the Democrat candidate (Franken) and so I will not be surprised (saddened, yes, but not surprised) when/if Kloppenburg wins this election by a very slim margin as a result of absentee ballot that turn up at the last minute.

TosaGuy said...

The bad thing for Prosser is if it goes to court the State Supreme Court Justice gets to decide the venue.

Like that bitch is going to be impartial.

madawaskan said...

Someone should call Ashland County and ask them why they haven't finished counting, how many precincts are left, and how big those precincts are...

Tell them you're working for-

NewMeadia.

Everyone thinks the AP is on it... maybe they aren't.

Why isn't the local media calling those counties and asking questions?.

Patrick said...

Walker's campaign violation: "Later, a Walker campaign worker was seen placing brochures under doors at the YMCA. Door-to-door campaigning was strictly prohibited." Marquette Tribune, 10/26/2010.

Yeah, that's pretty awful stuff, Garage. It's a wonder they didn't throw him in jail.

bagoh20 said...

I feel your shame Wisconsin, but it's just work that needs done, hard work, but get to it and clean up that cesspool. Most of you are decent honest people. You need to make that the dominant culture, because it's not at the moment. In CA we see what happens when the indecent win. No amount of natural benefits can wash out that taste. Do something now!

Channa said...

I'm dropping in from Israel to let you folks know how riviting and informative your election coverage has been. We're on GMT+2 time, 8 hours ahead of you, which means I was just enjoying my morning cup of coffee while you were switching over from Wed to Thurs.

I didn't know anything about Wisconsin other than the location of the Brewers and the Packers, but thanks to you I know that Dane County is liberal-heavy, while FdL, Washington, and Waukesha Co's are Conservative bastions.

Believe me, there are a good number of expat Americans over here, who, like me, are revolted by the actions carried out by Obama's liberal-Democract fan base. What has happened to America's values? Its Constitution?

I've been lurking on this blog for weeks. Wisconsin's union thugs remind me of the way Israel's Histadrut (the largest union) used to run things, here, until the then Finance Minister Netanyahu called their bluff in the early 2000's.

All I can say is be strong, and of good courage. Gd Bless America!

madawaskan said...

TosaGuy

It's "total bitch" get w/ the program.

(wv:souted-oy.)

Roman said...
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Original Mike said...

"Walker's campaign violation: "Later, a Walker campaign worker was seen placing brochures under doors at the YMCA. Door-to-door campaigning was strictly prohibited." Marquette Tribune, 10/26/2010."

LOL

EDH said...

Yesterday, some were asking what's all this Koch stuff about.

Well, I think you have your answer here.

If you can convince enough people that the system is rigged by rich manipulators, you've tacitly recruited donzens or perhaps hundreds of activists at the precinct level whose sense of grievance is enough to make them willing to compromise their principles to cheat to win, in the belief that they are simply leveling the playing field, even in situations where their self interest alone might not be enough to push them over the line.

That the Kochs are almost completely irrelevant to the situation has nothing to do with the purpose.

datechguy said...

It's important to note there is not a single blogger on the right who things the left will not steal this election.

Wisconsin take a bow, by not standing up to the Unions or enforcing your own laws you enabled this and what will come.

Simon said...

cubanbob said...
"it's time to require ID to vote and eliminate same day voter registration (motor voter) and make election fraud a very serious crime with very serious mandatory prison time."

That necessary, but it's not going to fix this problem, because
Stalin was right: It's not the vote that counts but who counts the votes that counts. Here's what will: a voter fills out their ballot on carbon copy paper, depositing one in a box controlled by Democrats and one in a box controlled by Republicans. The boxes are completely independent and are counted separately by their respective parties, and the results posted concurrently, side by side, in public view. They two counts become controls on the other; if there's cheating, we'll know.

ark said...

I think most people won't care unless a court decision hurts them personally.

garage mahal said...

Down to 419 after Ashland reports 100% in. 18 precints left to report. Exciting!

AllenS said...

Even if Prosser wins by a slim margin, Kloppenburg will win the recount by, well, however many it takes.

NotYourTypicalNewYorker said...

If the people do not believe that the court is a court, then we will not have a workable system of separated powers in our state government.

Or the Federal government either, this is what democrats have been striving for for the past30-40 years.

Packed courts are now ruling us.

GulfofMexico said...

Ashland is in: Prosser now +414.

colepondolax said...

That means they are "hiding" votes to be found..

Vote against the fleebaggers in the Time's most influentioal poll..

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2058044_2060338_2060007,00.html

Commenters are GUSHING over these fleebaggers.

sane_voter said...

Ashland just reported and the Prosser lead is down to 419 votes.

I am cautiously optimistic in that according to the Journal Sentinel, the last two Milwaukee precincts are in an area where Prosser took 63% of the vote. That might be enough to see him thru.

Outstanding precincts

Prosser Klopp
Crawford25/27 1,689 2,428
Dane 247/248 48,627 133,513
Dunn 38/40 3,790 4,649
Jeff'son40/41 12,860 9,365
Juneau 28/29 2,337 2,546
Milw'kee484/486 98,933 128,644
Sauk 31/39 6,166 7,625
Taylor 29/30 3,602 2,266

mrs whatsit said...

I am mystified that such a politicized judicial campaign is even possible in Wisconsin. Here in New York, there are detailed ethical rules for judicial campaigns that, among many other controls, would subject a judicial candidate to possible sanctions for directly or indirectly communicating her stance or forecasting her vote on cases that might come before the court in the near future. Judicial candidates here have to undergo ethical training on how to avoid such problems before they can campaign at all. And I can't imagine any judge here, elected after union support of the kind that has gone on here, who would not recuse from any case related to the "Budget Repair Bill" because of the appearance of impropriety, if nothing else.

Are there no such rules in Wisconsin?

Quayle said...

What is silly is that we don't have national identity cards.

Yes, yes, you libertarians and others will complain about privacy and not being registered.

But my guess is that a majority of you complaining use gmail or facebook, where you dump tons of personal data into someone else's ownership and control, and you don't seem to mind that.

bagoh20 said...

See what Garage tried there? That's what's wrong with it all - dishonesty, bad faith, dishonor. And he thinks winning makes it OK. How many votes go which way does not erase the how you conducted yourself or who you are.

GulfofMexico said...

Make that +419. Rubes in Sauk are looking for ballots in Leland.

tim maguire said...

You make a great case as to why voting and vote fraud need to be taken much more seriously in this country.

If you consider (as I do) that democracy is a human right, then voter fraud is a crime against humanity and should be dealt with as such. Meanwhile, the process of voting is underfunded, under secured, and unprofessional.

That needs to change before integrity can be returned to our electoral process.

Original Mike said...

"a voter fills out their ballot on carbon copy paper, depositing one in a box controlled by Democrats and one in a box controlled by Republicans. The boxes are completely independent and are counted separately by their respective parties, and the results posted concurrently, side by side, in public view."

It really has reached the point that we need something like this.

Real American said...

only conservatives worry about a politicized court. the Left demands it (to rule in their favor only, of course).

garage mahal said...

Klopp ahead by 140!

madawaskan said...

AP just updated Ashland is all in.

Kloppenburg now ahead by 140.

rhhardin said...

It started with Gore in 2000.

The finality of the vote is more important that which way it goes.

Losing candidates, even if they actually won, used to honor that. See eg Nixon.

You don't undermine the decision of voters.

And after all, as far as the vote goes, it's 50-50 and so doesn't matter in itself to democracy. It matters hugely to the consent to be governed.

Maguro said...

Assuming that Klop wins, which seems almost inevitable, won't the court still rule on the bill before she's seated?

Perhaps they are expecting additional lawsuits against the bill based on substansive rather than procedural grounds?

Dan said...

if republicans control the legislative and executive, can't they just pass the legislation again? Isn't that what it means that they won the election? I'm not sure why anyone cares if the supreme court makes the senate repass the legislation? Can anyone tell me

Patrick said...

Mrs. Whatsit: WI has such rules, although their effect is limited by a recent SCOTUS decision holding that judicial candidates enjoy First Amendment privileges (the case originated in MN). Also, those rules do not apply to various interest groups who are not themselves candidates. Kloppenburg refused to distance herself from those supporters, and with everything else going on in WI, this election has become a proxy for Walker.

madawaskan said...

Why has Dane County not counted one last precinct since last night?

Any local papers calling them up and asking them why that is?

sane_voter said...

It's Suak that just reported and pushed Klopp up by 140

Original Mike said...

"if republicans control the legislative and executive, can't they just pass the legislation again?"

Yeah, seems to me to be the case.

sane_voter said...

Sauk, not Suak

AprilApple said...

The dems are doing what they can to cheat to win. It takes time to cheat.

The Drill SGT said...

ThreeSheets said...
ESM

Your numbers might be off because the split isn't even as to the # of precincts. While 2 counties in P territory are outstanding, they each only have 1 precinct outstanding whereas in the 7 K counties there are 22 precincts still unreported.


I did a check, likely using the same sample methodology that ESM used. my call would be Klopper by 386, not 390,

not sure if it was the method, rounding, or the numbers are moving as we speak.

regardless, prosser is going to lose

SteveR said...

Does anyone know what happened in Waukesha Cty? 60 precints come in and no change in vote totals.

Class factotum said...

"I just found this box of locked ballots under this table in the church basement!"

And the number of ballots has to tally with the number of pink slips issued. The number on your slip is written next to your name. The final number of ballots cast is included in the tape that is printed and the final numbered pink slip is placed in the case to go to the city clerk.

The person manning the ballot box takes the pink slip from the voter as the voter feeds his ballot into the box, where his vote is cast electronically.

I don't know how there could be a locked box of uncast, uncounted ballots.

MaggotAtBroad&Wall said...

Prosser may as well concede. Democrats specialty for 100 years has been voter fraud. It's a science for them. Prosser's small lead will never survive the margin of Democrat fraud. It's over. You're stuck with The Klop for 10 years.

I really feel sorry for honest Wisconsinites. From police unions threatening businesses for failing to support the demands of public employees, to Democrat legislators running away from home to stop the duly elected legislators from conducting state business, to teachers defrauding taxpayers with illegal strikes and getting doctors to write fake notes to excuse absences, the rest of the country now sees Wisconsin as a hub of corruption and a hostile place to do business. I can't imagine any business wanting to locate in Wisconsin and create new jobs. I can, however, imagine existing businesses relocating to right to work states.

Honesty got hosed in Wisconsin, and honest people will pay the price.

GulfofMexico said...

Sauk County has become a bedroom community for Madison commuters. Next thing you know they'll want light rail.

madawaskan said...

sane_voter

I should have separated that.

I was saying Ashland is all in-because up thread I was wondering if someone shouldn't call Ashland County or look at their local papers to find out why they still hadn't reported.

I didn't mean there was a causal relationship-was trying to be less wordy than-well-

this.

Simon said...

Quayle said...
"But my guess is that a majority of you complaining use gmail or facebook, where you dump tons of personal data into someone else's ownership and control, and you don't seem to mind that."

I'm neutral on the kind of federal ID that I think you have in mind—I don't see why it's necessary if all states provide it in a federally-agreed format—but on this second point, there's a crucial difference you're overlooking. Private entities (and to some extent, this is true also for state governments) are fundamentally different from "the government" (here meaning the feds) because your relationship with them is optional.It's true that private companies often require significant disclosure, but it is always, in the last analysis, optional: No one has to use Google. No one has to have a credit card. No one really has to live in Wisconsin, and these days one must wonder why anyone would. But your relationship with the federal government is for all practical purposes mandatory. The individual has no power to opt out of whatever is imposed on you by the feds, which is precisely why the federal footprint in the lives of individuals must be as light as possible.

bagoh20 said...

"activists at the precinct level whose sense of grievance is enough to make them willing to compromise their principles to cheat to win, in the belief that they are simply leveling the playing field,"

That's it right there. Although I disagree with many of them, the left does have principles. They just don't respect them enough to overcome their emotions.

You've see how they handle losing a fair democratic election, and that tells you what matters most. Winning power.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I never ever thought that any State could be worse than California for graft, greed, corruption and sheer stupidity.

I was wrong. Wisconsin....WINNING.

section9 said...

Here's the Blue State Model issue that is bedeviling Wisconsin.

Like other High Tax, High Service model states, Wisconsin is losing small and medium size businesses to low tax states like Texas and Alabama. The heavies they lost to the Chinese years ago.

Walker is trying to jump-start business growth in his state again. The only way he can do it is by getting a handle on tax and regulatory growth, to make Wisconsin's Blue Model, which is brutally uncompetitive, more "purple", and able to attract money that would normally go to Utah or South Carolina.

Wisconsin has great schools, public works, and an outstanding university system (well, there is this cranky lawprof that the state wants to get rid of, but can't...), so the Badger State's voters voted to turn the corner and started go all Coolidge on government, to try and rebuild the business climate in Wisconsin. The problem the Left has is that they think that the gravy train can continue for ever. It can't. Wisconsin will start losing its edge over the long term as California and Michigan did, due to businesses being driven out by government.

Walker's nightmare isn't a bunch of union goons screaming "Kochwhore". It's what happened to California under the Democrats. That's what he's trying to outrun. The stupid Dems are trying to turn the clock back and embrace bankruptcy, because they think the money can't go anywhere.

They have no idea how wrong they are.

Chip Ahoy said...

What does it mean? It means they're dragging their feet so they'll know by how much they must cheat, that's what it means. And it doesn't take a howler monkey to see what nefarious activism the maniacal nutters in your state are capable of, oh ye of 50-comments-to-drive-a-point renown.

Hilarious? I don't see you laughing.

madawaskan said...

Look I just woke up on the West Coast( so I still sound like a chain smoker or somethin') but if I were in -

Madison-Dane County and NewMeadia I'd call 'em up and ask them what the hold up is....

(hint, hint-you Wisconsinites!)


I want to hear what the delay is about.

Gabriel Hanna said...

@Simon:

Then as now, the answer turned out to be America's most powerful shield against political unrest: A deep and seemingly inexhaustible well of public apathy.

Thread winnar.

Simon said...

If this comes down to litigation, Prosser still loses unless he can get into federal court. If the election is litigated in the state court, Prosser will have to recuse, the Supreme Court will divide evenly (or all recuse themselves), and the state's intermediate appellate court will decide the election based on whether they would rather have liberal masters or conservative masters.

So, if I can put on my best "Greg House" impression for a moment: We need a federal basis for throwing out about a few thousand K ballots. Go.

Lincolntf said...

If Klippity-Klop wins by even a single vote, the howling shitbags will declare it a "mandate", and within a week it will be referred to as a "landslide".

garage mahal said...

What does it mean? It means they're dragging their feet so they'll know by how much they must cheat, that's what it means.

Somebody is projecting again...!

Quayle said...

"Private entities (and to some extent, this is true also for state governments) are fundamentally different from "the government" (here meaning the feds) because your relationship with them is optional."

Yes, but the issue is amount of data and your lack of control over it, and your lack of control over how cozy the government gets to, say, facebook.

I refer you to the above the fold, center column of today's Drudge regarding government and facebook, as support.

John said...

In Puerto Rico we know how to hold honest elections. Not just elections that are honest but that everyone agrees are honest. We can trust our process to yield valid results. I've voted here since 1976 and can count on one hand the number of allegations of fraud.

We still get some of the worst politicians in the US but at least we get them honestly.

1) Voter ID card, with picture. This is a heavy duty, plastic card with picture, height, wt etc, encrypted snowflake codes and more to make sure it can't be counterfeited.

2) Paper ballots, marked with a pencil in the box beside the candidates name. No question of trusting voting machines.

3) Hand counting of all ballots

4) All ballots reported to a central location in the capital.

5) Separate ballots for municipal, state leg, state senate and governor.

6) VERY difficult to get absentee ballots. Special arrangements are made for people who can't get to the polls eg; police, incapacitated but they vote on election day.

7) When voting, we dip our finger in a special dye that flouresces at a specific wavelength. UV, but special.

8) when you show up at the polls you are checked against a list.

Probably some more safeguards I am leaving out.

Polls open at about 10:00AM and close at 2:00PM. We have fairly final election by 7:00 though some very close races may go an extra hour or two.

It takes a week or 10 days for final certification but it is virtually never different from the results on election day.

We have high registration, around 80-85% without resorting to shenanigans like motor-voter. We typically have 70-80 percent of registered voters voting.

If I lived on the mainland, I doubt I would even register to vote. I just don't trust the elections in most jurisdictions. That you are even talking about fraud, that jokes about election fraud are common, is not exactly inspiring.

John Henry

bagoh20 said...

"my call would be Klopper by 386, not 390,"

Bob, I'm gonna say... $390.01

sane_voter said...

Dunn county's website has unofficially fully reported, (not shown on the AP site) and it shows Klopp picking up 229 votes in the last two precincts, which would giver her 369 vote lead. Dane is fully reported. The remaining precincts

Prosser Klopp
Jef'son 40/41 12,860 9,365
Juneau 28/29 2,337 2,546
Mil'kee 484/486 98,933 128,644
Taylor 29/30 3,602 2,266

Dad29 said...

I've said it a million times: derogation or abrogation of the Rule of Law will FIRST affect (very negatively) the Rulers.

No matter the Party.

eric said...

Klopp has now taken the lead.

madawaskan said...

Dane County is all in now.

Gabriel Hanna said...

@class factotum:

The voting judge ran three tapes, each of which appeared to have been initialed by at least three other people. The box with the physical ballots was locked with a padlock.

Unless there is a vast conspiracy involving many polling place workers and election officials, I don't know how they would cheat.


In Washington State in 2004 boxes of votes turned up mysteriously weeks later in left-wing King County. And got counted after the first recount. Rossi, the Republican was ahead on the first two recounts but the third recount put Gregoire over the top.

You don't need a conspiracy to steal a close election. You need a few people in a few places, acting independently to the same end.

madawaskan said...

sane_voter

Looks like Jefferson and Taylor could get taken out by Milwaukee...

Simon said...

section9 said...
"Wisconsin has great schools"

How can you possibly say that Wisconsin has great schools when such a stunning percentage of the electorate acts so stupid? Turnout was less than 100% and a significant number voted for a candidate who did nothing to discourage the impression that she was running for the sole purpose of striking down a law that has attracted protests. If Wisconsin schools were teaching civics right, it would have been unanimous for Prosser. Why do you think Democrats are so desperate to subvert or get rid of Anglo-American history and civics classes in schools? To have a sound grasp of those subjects is to cease being a liberal, and being an independent is a short psychological skip and jump to leaning conservative.

Lem said...

3625/3630
738,514 50% P
738,883 50% K

"What does it mean?

The zombie vote is always late.

David said...

Klop now has a slim lead per AP with only 7 precincts unreported. Two of those are in Milwaukee County.

The one Dane precinct and the several from Sauk seem to have put Klop in the lead.

Why did these precincts wait so long? WTF?

madawaskan said...

Gabriel

I remember that. They think we are joking when we say;

Oh they'll find a ballot box in the trunk of their car, or under a stairwell!

Well no that's what happened in Rossi's recount.

In King County they literally found boxes under the stairwell.

That's the Dems story anyway.

Sound Politics if IIRC was doing coverage of that at the time.

Maguro said...

How can you possibly say that Wisconsin has great schools when such a stunning percentage of the electorate acts so stupid?

Here's how this works. Wisconsin has a lot of white people. White people do well on standardized tests. Hence, states with lots of white people are said to have great schools.

madawaskan said...

I can't remember in which county they found them in the trunk of the car-but they didn't "find" them till they needed them-imagine that.

sane_voter said...

Jefferson county is waiting on the Town of Lake Mills for their last precinct. I could not find any election info at the websites of Juneau and Taylor counties.

Gabriel Hanna said...

@class factotum:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_gubernatorial_election,_2004

The whole sordid story is here, including some information about keeping voter lists up to date is relevant to the other thread.

I understand that Wisconsin has a different election system. But votes with no provenance can and do get counted. After all, you voted, that's your civil right: are your rights to be denied because some poll worker didn't get them where they needed to be? Apparently not, and there's no way to distinguish a fradualent from a real vote once the chain of custody is broken. But lawyeres will sue to make sure they count anyway.

madawaskan said...

Why did these precincts wait so long? WTF?

Someone could still call Dane County just to get the excuse.

chickelit said...

I look forward to 10 years of Althouse fisking Kloppenburg's or Prosser's decisions in view of all this.

We never used to hear much Althouse opinion on Dairy State Judiciary. All politics is loco I guess.

ALH said...

So if the Klopper wins, she still might not get seated until after the union laws are reviewed by the S.C.?

Pass the f'in thing again.

bagoh20 said...

DBQ,

CA is much worse. We would never be able to elect a real Republican Governor and legislature. The opportunity WI has right now is far out of our reach.

In both states, nobody is optimistic. The conservatives expect that they won't be able to fix things and the liberal don't want to, but both expect a fiscal disaster coming. Some people really do believe that hope is a plan. That plan has bankrupted CA beyond anything in the history of this country or most others.

Wisconsin, don't blow this!

sane_voter said...

Mad,

The two Milwaukee precincts are in West Allis, which according to Swing state project went to Prosser at 63%. Will it be enough?

ESM said...

Drill_SGT:

I think we're doing exactly the same thing. I just did some half-assed rounding.

Now I have Prosser gaining net 10 votes from the remaining unreported precincts, which means Klopper wins by 359.

I think that the counting uncertainty is greater than that, but obviously Prosser is a pretty big underdog. I think he has a 20% chance at this point, not counting (further) fraud on the part of the Dems.

garage mahal said...

Turnout was less than 100% and a significant number voted for a candidate who did nothing to discourage the impression that she was running for the sole purpose of striking down a law that has attracted protests.

And Prosser did nothing to discourage the impression that he would be a rubber stamp for Walker.

David said...

Maguro said...
Assuming that Klop wins, which seems almost inevitable, won't the court still rule on the bill before she's seated?


No and hell no. Dems are in the 4 corners and Judge Sumi is the referee. You make the call!

Mr. D said...

If she proceeds to decide cases that way, people — including her supporters — won't believe that her vote was properly judicial, and the decision against the legislation will look like the court abused its power. How then will the court retain its prestige? If the people do not believe that the court is a court, then we will not have a workable system of separated powers in our state government.

They. Don't. Care. It's about winning. If they have to burn down the village to save it, that's what they will do.

madawaskan said...

sane_voter

They're not exactly transparent are they?

And Wisconsin is suppose to be all about the Open Meetings and Sunshine....

Milwaukee County is the worst. They have old results in file formats that don't open because they are truncated wrong. That's the error message I get.

I've followed elections in PA, FL, NV, OH and Wisconsin is the worst for reporting.

MayBee said...

There will be no cheating.
The Good People of Wisconsin are, more than anything else, rules followers.

madawaskan said...

The two Milwaukee precincts are in West Allis, which according to Swing state project went to Prosser at 63%.

Damn but you are good!

Hmmmm...I haven't even had my coffee yet.....

sane_voter

So they went for Prosser by 63% in the Feb. 15th...

Do you have a link for that on Swing State's site?

David said...

There are not enough votes out there for Prosser to overcome even the slim lead that Kloppo has. There will be a recount, and then litigation. Perhaps there will be multiple litigations? Can each county's recount be appealed separately in that county's courts, or will a single court hear all issues? I can't tell from what I've read.

This is an astonishingly close result in a passionately felt campaign. It's going to be ugly.

pbAndj said...

This is why I think a Prosser victory will be a disaster. His supporters and his opponents expect him to vote to "compliment" and "closely mirror" the legislation of the Republican majority that won decisively in the November election. If he proceeds to decide cases that way, people — including his supporters — won't believe that his vote was properly judicial, and the decision "complimenting" and "closely mirroring" the legislation will look like the court abused its power. How then will the court retain its prestige? If the people do not believe that the court is a court, then we will not have a workable system of separated powers in our state government.

edutcher said...

It used to be the Demos only pulled this when absolutely necessary, now it's the method of choice.

Sooner or later (and I'm betting sooner because more than enough people realize the Lefties are running this country into the ground), we're going to see an election where people are sick of the crooked votes and the crooked courts and the crooked officials (all Demos, of course) and there will be real trouble.

David said...

How about calling it a tie and putting both of them on the court?

Joaquin said...

The voters of Wisconsin need to chill, bend over, relax, and enjoy.
When the counting is finished.........smoke a cigarette.

AprilApple said...

The D-cheat machine is in full swing.

Jay said...

and Kloppenburg had taken a 140 vote lead after Prosser had been ahead most of the night by less than 1,000 votes.


Isn't it funny how Democrats always take these "overnight" leads?

I'm sure it is just some shocking coincidence.

madawaskan said...

sane_voter

There's only 5 precincts left-one in Juneau and those 4 in Milwaukee County.

sane_voter said...

The outstanding precinct in Jefferson, Lake Mills, voted less republican in the Nov. 2010 election than the overall county. Prosser is underperforming by 3% vs. Walker, so that precinct may end up being a wash for both candidates.

Lincolntf said...

Fucking cowards. Rewarding death threats and riots with an electoral victory is not only pathetic, it's dangerous to the rest of the country. If you assholes want to live in a third world shithole, buy a plane ticket. Leave us one decent country in the world.

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

I've been watching the AP site. It's interesting how the vote totals change without the precinct numbers changing.


wv: muffs

MayBee said...

His supporters and his opponents expect him to vote to "compliment" and "closely mirror" the legislation of the Republican majority that won decisively in the November election. If he proceeds to decide cases that way, people — including his supporters — won't believe that his vote was properly judicial,

Yeah, it's cute to try to turn it around but it doesn't really work.
Prosser has a history and a record. It will be easy to discern if his rulings *change* in a certain pattern.

Klop has no such record and indeed was going nowhere in this election prior to her supporters using this cause to rally union voters.

Sloanasaurus said...

A 300 vote margin at this point on 1.4 million cast means nothing. I recall from the Franken Coleman election that the numbers continued to change days after the election. Wards discover that they transposed numbers, that they forgot to count ballots, they counted ballots twice, etc...

Also, the turnout in Waukesha appears significantly below all the other counties. I bet there are some votes there that have not been counted. They will be found on the recount.

David said...

Jefferson-1
Juneau-1
Taylor-1
Milwaukee-2

That's all that's left.

Prosser will go into the recount behind by a few hundred votes.

PETER V. BELLA said...

What does it mean?

Democrats=vote fraud.

madawaskan said...

I don't know how up to date this is but jsonline has this:


*****

The AP said early Wednesday morning that it was missing results from Cudahy, St. Francis and a small portion of West Allis in Milwaukee County. According to results gathered by the Journal Sentinel Tuesday night, Prosser won St. Francis 1,336 votes to 1,241 and won Cudahy 2,468 to 2,313. If that proves to be the case, it would add another 250 votes to Prosser's lead.

sane_voter said...

Mad,

Just go to here. It's on the front page update #6 at the 8:57am update.

Anne said...

A Kloppy court is a sloppy court. Just sayin.

Bob Ellison said...

It's a tie. In such cases, the electorate should respect the declared winner. That doesn't mean vote-fraud isn't a crime against democracy, but it does mean people should chill out and respect the fact that in such a close election, it can go either way.

Also, if fraud occurs (and it will), the good Republicans and Democrats of Wisconsin should be mindful of the fact that trustworthy communities like theirs are the easiest to defraud, and often the most likely to suffer it. There's gotta be a Shakespeare or Bible quote on that subject.

madawaskan said...

David

san_voter and now jsonline seem to confirm that the two precincts left in Milwaukee are in West Allis...

sane_voter was saying that on Swing State Project they said that West Allis went for Prosser by 63%---I'm assuming they mean in February's primary?

Sloanasaurus said...

What is significant about this election no matter who wins is that the Unions did not get their "Scott Brown Moment" They needed to win this election significantly like Scott Brown did (by 5 points). After all the protests, the fleeing to Illinois, and all the petitions and the money and the anger and the cries for civil rights and the cash investment, the unions managed to get to a recount and possibly squeek out a victory in a low turn out election that - with the Union motivation - they should have won handily.

David said...

That's old news Mad Man. Those votes are in the count now.

David said...

That's old news Mad Man. Those votes are in the count now.

madawaskan said...

sane_voter thanks for the link.

Kirby Olson said...

"Power comes from the end of a gun."
-- Mao

I think this is all the Democrats believe now. That whoever has the might has the right. The gavel is just another kind of weapon.

It's too bad. Both sides are radicalized. If we can't get the faith of the people to believe in unanimity, as Ann says, I fear it will end in Civil War, as this kind of divided electorate ends up in armed intervention in S. American countries.

Kirby Olson said...

Sane voters link is broken. I assume Kloppenberg will "win." It almost can't go any other way, now.

Any close vote will suddenly swing Democrat.

When is the last time a close vote was won by a Republican?

Mr. D said...

After all the protests, the fleeing to Illinois, and all the petitions and the money and the anger and the cries for civil rights and the cash investment, the unions managed to get to a recount and possibly squeek out a victory in a low turn out election that - with the Union motivation - they should have won handily.

All true and all irrelevant. Once Kloppenburg is on the Court, she'll do whatever they want as if she'd won by 90,000 votes.

madawaskan said...

OK this is what Swing State is saying about those last two precincts in Milwaukee County:

*******


11:14am: AP just made some adjustments to previous counties, so now KloJo's lead is at 311.
11:04am: We're using this link for Jefferson & this link (PDF) for Taylor.
10:59am: The AP has finally caught up with us and is also showing the same lead. There are five precincts left: 1 each in Jefferson, Juneau, and Taylor, and 2 in Milwaukee. We believe the Jeff and Taylor precincts are less Prosser-leaning than their counties, while the Milwaukee precincts (suburban West Allis) are much more favorable to Prosser than MKE as a whole. As for Juneau, that's in the good lord's hands.
10:40am (David): We show JoAnne Kloppenburg with a 369 vote lead right now, with Sauk and Ashland complete.
8:57am: The JS is reporting that the last two Milwaukee County precincts are in West Allis, which gave Prosser 63% in the first round. If indeed the case, those Sauk/Ashland precincts will have some heavy lifting to do.

AprilApple said...

All the votes "found" overnight go to the Democrat. What a shock.

EDH said...

Is Wisconsin in the process of becoming a "Klopptocracy"?

klop-ˈtä-krə-sē

Definition: government by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of the governed

Lem said...

That close margin had political insiders from both sides talking about the possibility of a recount, which Wisconsin has avoided in statewide races in recent decades. Any recount could be followed by lawsuits - litigation that potentially would be decided by the high court.

Would that mean Prosser would have to recuse himself, creating another tie?

pbAndj said...

"Prosser has a history "

Hence, the quotation marks in my rewrite. If you want to know what the Prosser campaign is really about, his campaign has already told you. No need to guess. You might think that actively opposing this explicitly stated political allegiance/bias would be a judicially prudent--even, mandated---reaction.

It's hilarious for Althouse and others to make politically motivated attacks on Kloppenburg....because she's supported by politically motivated folks.

"But, but, but our political motivations are the good and just ones. "


Irony much.

Kirk Parker said...

Am I the only one who things early reporting by precincts is part of the problem? Wouldn't 90% of this circus be avoided if nobody reported until 12 hours after poll closing?

sane_voter said...

I was able to sleuth and find the Taylor county returns in Nov 2010, the outstanding precinct, Maplehurst, is very tiny, only 116 votes were cast in the Nov. Gov race, compared to 6800 total for the county overall. Very few Prosser votes to be had there.

Gabriel Hanna said...

I don't think it's fair at this point to say that there was fraud by Democrats.

I voted in the 2004 Washington election, and I do think there was fraud there, but there's no evidence that it was organized.

In Washington the court decided that even though the number of illegally cast votes was greater than the margin of victory, unless those votes could be proved to have gone to Gregoire, there was no ground to redo the election. The election total was reduced by only 5 votes, even though far more than that had been illegaly cast.

The whole point of the secret ballot is that individual votes cannot be traced to a particular voter. That is why it is so important to have all the checks on fraudulent voting happen BEFORE votes are cast. And that's why the state should provide a free ID to anyone who doesn't have a driver's license and demand a state ID before allowing a vote to be cast. Even if the state doesn't provide free IDs, and some do, it is not an onerous provision. Everyone, including poor people and minorities, routinely engage in activities that require photo ID.

Lem said...

The Klooptomaniacs have stolen it.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Any recount could be followed by lawsuits - litigation that potentially would be decided by the high court.

While I usually think demands that judges recuse themselves are overblown, this is clearly a case where Prossor would have to.

So the next question is, could the take any other justices out with him? Could he get into a very public, very messy dispute with some of the liberal justices such that they would appear to be biased and therefore need to recuse themselves?

madawaskan said...

Taylor County's website is saying that Maplehurst is still out.

sane_voter said...

Mad,
See my note at 10:30a

madawaskan said...

Damn it sane_voter-


You're always one step ahead!

Ha! I have not had any coffee-that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

David said...

"In Washington the court decided that even though the number of illegally cast votes was greater than the margin of victory, unless those votes could be proved to have gone to Gregoire, there was no ground to redo the election."

In Wisconsin, if the number of votes in a given precinct exceeds the number of voters who showed up at the polls, the judges of election MUST randomly discard ballots in an amount equal to the excess.

Not a great solution but probably the best you can do.

Almost Ali said...

To understand what's going on in Wisconsin, one must understand how things work in New Jersey.

In other words, Prosser now has zero chance of winning.

damikesc said...

How long can a system NOBODY believes to be legitimate not fall apart?

Famous Original Mike said...

Given that Louisiana is now the Wisconsin of the South, I don’t expect that the vote counting will be any cleaner than it was in the New Jersey of the Midwest, Minnesota.

sane_voter said...

Juneau is in and its down toKlopp by 263 votes It looks like it is all coming down to the two Milwaukee precincts. Ugh

Lem said...

Klopp up by 260.

Simon said...

Kirby Olson said...
"Both sides are radicalized. If we can't get the faith of the people to believe in unanimity, as Ann says, I fear it will end in Civil War, as this kind of divided electorate ends up in armed intervention in S. American countries."

That would be the shortest civil war in history. One side doesn't believe in guns!

sane_voter said...

Taylor is in , Klopp by 240. Only Jefferson and Milwaukee left, 3 pricincts.

madawaskan said...

It looks like it is all coming down to the two Milwaukee precincts. Ugh

Yep.

Lincolntf said...

"Both sides" are not radicalized. Only one side is issuing death threats, destroying property and occupying buildings. One side, not two.

MayBee said...

Hence, the quotation marks in my rewrite.

I guess I don't get how the quotation marks take away his actual history and make your rewrite work.

David said...

Well, yeah. Prosser pretty much has to recuse in deciding his own election.

The real potential for mischief in judicial review of the recount will be at the trial court level. The trial court gets to make the findings of fact, and these are hard for the appellate court to overturn. Also, with Prosser out, the supposed ideological split on Wisconsin Supreme Court is 3-3. Ties in the appeal court result in affirming the lower court.

All this is premature. It depends on the recount and what issues arise in the recount. The Wisconsin recount procedures are quite clearly spelled out, so it might go more smoothly than many assume.

We will not see hanging chads, since Wisconsin ballots are either all paper or all electronic.

madawaskan said...

11:25am: The town of Lake Mills in Jefferson Co. is apparently having issues with its vote count.

Swing State.

madawaskan said...

Court Race May Come Down to the Town of Lake Mills (Updated)
Randy Radtke
Managing Editor

With fewer than 200 votes separating incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Prosser and his challenger assistant attorney general JoAnne Kloppenburg, the election outcome could be affected by the Town of Lake Mills where all the votes have not yet been counted.

Because of problems with its tally seats, the township has not officially reported any vote tallies as of yet to Jefferson County and that means that between 700 and 760 votes have not been entered in the statewide totals for a seat on the state's highest court.

Election officials in the township were expected to meet at 8:30 a.m. this morning to finish counting 24 paper ballots that have not yet been counted, make the necessary correction to their tally sheets and then report their vote totals to the County Clerk's office at the courthouse. But that meeting did not occur because of a lack of a quorum of the town's Board of Canvassers. A new meeting time has been officially posted by town officials and is now scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m.

Given the closeness of the race for a 10-year term on the court (which is likely to be headed for a statewide recount), the township's vote totals could be a factor in determining which candidate goes into the expected recount on top.


lakemillsleaderonline.com

MadisonMan said...

destroying property and occupying buildings. One side, not two.

The party in power is the one that destroys property and occupies buildings. It's all for the common good, of course. Eminently.

The Drill SGT said...

ESM said...
Drill_SGT:

I think we're doing exactly the same thing. I just did some half-assed rounding.

Now I have Prosser gaining net 10 votes from the remaining unreported precincts, which means Klopper wins by 359.


with 5 precints out, I see Prosser gaining 3 votes overall and thus losing by 309

madawaskan said...

So that's approx. 700 uncounted votes.

Jefferson went 58% to 42% for Prosser so far...

former law student said...

These things happen every election -- look at when John Kerry won in 2004.

sane_voter said...

lake mills voted 551 to 431 for Walker in Nov 2010. Apparently there are between 700 to 760 lake Mills votes in this election. If Prosser did as well as Walker, he would net at most 93 votes.

Sloanasaurus said...

Based on the 2010 election results in Lake Mills, Prosser should pick up 70-80 votes when it comes in.

That would leave it to the Milwaukee wards. If the two remaining wards are West Allis, the election could swing back to Prosser or be a virtual tie.

Z said...

Ann -- Why is it that only a Kloppenburg victory is a disaster by your "prestige of the court" standard? Perhaps you should consider the millions in outside spending that poured in on Justice Prosser's behalf and what the interests and expectations of those groups are.

David said...

Good one, Mad Man. You heard it here first.

I wonder what that lack of quorum is about?

Sounds familiar somehow.

madawaskan said...

Jefferson isn't going to matter much-it's West Allis.

madawaskan said...

Jefferson isn't going to matter much-it's West Allis.

David said...

. . . the election could swing back to Prosser or be a virtual tie . . .

It's already a virtual tie.

But there has to be an actual winner, and we won't know that result for weeks.

bagoh20 said...

"In Wisconsin, if the number of votes in a given precinct exceeds the number of voters who showed up at the polls, the judges of election MUST randomly discard ballots in an amount equal to the excess."

Mathematically, that would have virtually no impact on remedying the fraud, unless it's assumed that both sided cheated equally in which case a remedy would not be needed. A dumb solution.

sane_voter said...

No more precincts reported, but the lead is down to Klopp by 224

former law student said...

What is silly is that we don't have national identity cards.

Why not just tattoo our SSNs on our forearms? Or, better yet, barcodes.

H. said...

The conspiracy theories are entertaining but hold no water. There's a perfectly reasonable explanation for all those precincts "holding out." The AP went to bed around 1 in the morning. A handful of counties finalized their votes later than that and updated their local websites to reflect the totals, but weren't included on the AP's tally until this morning. As for the rest of the counties, many were unprepared for the higher voter turnout. Normal spring election turnout is around 20% or less; plenty of counties had close to double that. The counties that ran short on ballots had to switch to photocopied ones, which can't be put in the scanning machine and have to be hand-counted. Double the normal turnout on hand-counted ballots means that things take longer . . . no surprises there.

It's also hardly alarming that a disproportionate number of late precincts are going Democrat. What kinds of precincts take the longest to count? The ones with the most votes (urban areas--largely liberal) and the ones with unexpectedly high voter turnout that had to switch to hand-counting (unexpectedly high turnout probably means a lot of challengers to the incumbent). As for the one missing Dane County precinct, another simple explanation: AP error. Dane County had been reporting all of its votes counted by 11 PM or so. The AP was holding out on some phantom precinct that, in reality, had already been included in the total or was an empty ward.

It will completely come down to the 2 Milwaukee precincts, which are a wild card. City Of Milwaukee claims all their votes have been counted, so it has to be one of the Milwaukee suburbs. Rumors are flying rampant about which precincts they are, and I don't think I've heard anything too conclusive. It could go either way, and it could or could not be enough to make up the difference.

Sloanasaurus said...

But there has to be an actual winner, and we won't know that result for weeks.

I totally agree. Plus recounts usually find thousands of more votes.

Then there will be the lawsuit! So it could be many many months...

David said...

Jefferson is 750 votes.

So far the county is 60-40 Prosser.

If that holds it's a 150 vote pickup for Prosser.

But someone said Lake Mills is more Democratic than the rest of the county.

cubanbob said...

Simon said...
cubanbob said...
"it's time to require ID to vote and eliminate same day voter registration (motor voter) and make election fraud a very serious crime with very serious mandatory prison time."

That necessary, but it's not going to fix this problem, because
Stalin was right: It's not the vote that counts but who counts the votes that counts. Here's what will: a voter fills out their ballot on carbon copy paper, depositing one in a box controlled by Democrats and one in a box controlled by Republicans. The boxes are completely independent and are counted separately by their respective parties, and the results posted concurrently, side by side, in public view. They two counts become controls on the other; if there's cheating, we'll know.

4/6/11 9:29 AM

Ironically there already is in place a national, ubiquitous system that is reasonably fraud proof and can be fairly easily modified to handle elections: the ATM network. Imagine that with a debit card you can go to any ATM and cast your vote at any place that has an ATM card machine. It would be impossible to intimidate a voter (Black Panthers) at a polling station. Not possible to not have military or absentee ballots not counted. Not a problem that would requiring extra long hours at certain precincts. The vote could be commenced several days in advance and the results published for all precincts a few minutes after the last vote could be legally cast is cast. And the audit trail is much cleaner if fraud is suspected. While not foolproof it is certainly more secure against fraud than the current system. And when all costs are considered probably cheaper as well.

former law student said...

Kloppenburg refused to distance herself from those supporters

Just like W. refused to distance himself from the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

Ahh, good times.

Lincolntf said...

Still waiting for the first elected Republican to urge supporters to "get in the streets and get bloody!" or to scream "You are fucking dead!" at a female colleague.

I wonder how long I'll be waiting.

ron nord said...

"It doesn't matter how they vote, what matters is who counts the vote," Josef Stalin. This is happening more and more, just this week it was found that 5000 illegals had voted Democrat in Colorado.

David said...

Any lawsuit will be fast tracked so that it's concluded before Prosser's term expires.

Unlike Sumi's case, on the slow road to last until after Prosser is gone.

Drew said...

"Both sides" are not radicalized. Only one side is issuing death threats, destroying property and occupying buildings. One side, not two.

Indeed. In fact, it was assumed that Klopper would win easily because her side was whipped up into a frothy anger and that would translate into votes. But the quiet resolved (not "radicalized") voters on Walkers side came out to support him.

David said...

"Still waiting for the first elected Republican to urge supporters to "get in the streets and get bloody!" or to scream "You are fucking dead!" at a female colleague."

Yeah, we Republicans just call them bitches. It's so much more polite.

Chalk one up for Justice Shirley. She goaded. He exploded.

sane_voter said...

There are 35 precincts in West Allis. In Nov 2010 the vote for Walker in those precincts varied from 48.5% to 62.6%. So it could range from a wash to eeking out a victory for Prosser.

pbAndj said...

MayBee,

It does actually matter that the guy's campaign is claiming to compliment and mirror the new GOP gov.

Attempts to sweep this under the rug have no non-political justification.

Hence the irony, when Prosser supporters (claiming the non-polical high ground) say that this comment should be ignored at the same time they say that Kloppenburg should be opposed because some of her supporters say they support her because she hasn't claimed to compliment and mirror the new GOP gov (these supporters haven't been granted the explicit promises of alegence that Prosser's campaign as given to the GOP, so her supporters have only been guaranteed a neutral POV, unlike the GOP, aka the mirror of Prosser).

IOW, if your problem w/ Klppenburg is that Tasseography has led you to suspect she'll be a politically motivated judge, it should definitely be a problem when Prosser's campaign explicitly promises that he'll be a politically motivated judge.

Reality trumps tea leaves.

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