Last night I called on JoAnne Kloppenburg to concede. I don’t think she listened.
Kloppenburg’s only chance of winning is to knock out several thousand legitimate votes by challenging “ballot security” based on gaps and openings in ballot bags.
But I also noted that this was just a game. The actual recount numbers, particularly in the city of Brookfield, showed that any supposed “ballot security” flaws did not affect the vote count. There was no ballot bag stuffing or other tampering with ballots.
And now there is proof of Kloppenburg’s craven gamesmanship, because Kloppenburg has ignored almost identical ballot bag issues in Dane County, which unlike Waukesha County, went heavily in her favor.
In Madison, notes Steve Eggleston, there were similar gaps and openings, but neither Kloppenburg nor Prosser objected:
Dane County’s minutes of the recount provide a rather interesting read. There were several torn ballot bags in the city of Madison, several instances of ballot bag seal numbers missing from the inspectors’ reports, ballots from two reporting units in two different municipalities that were initially missing from the recount room (both stacks of which favored Prosser in what were communities that were overwhelmingly carried by Kloppenburg, and which did not affect the pre-recount net margins once added), and an instance where an absentee ballot not cast at the municipal clerk’s office lacked a witness signature yet was counted both at the polls on election day and by the recount canvass board. I don’t need to tell you that there were no objections from the Kloppenburg campaign over any of this.
Stop now, JoAnne, while you still have some small measure of dignity.
You are on the verge of becoming a verb.
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