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    Kloppenburg’s First Big Recount Success – Nuns’ Ballots Thrown Out

    Kloppenburg’s First Big Recount Success – Nuns’ Ballots Thrown Out

    As of the end of the day yesterday, with 75.43% of the reporting units and just under 70%, of the votes recounted, JoAnne Kloppenburg has picked up … (drum roll please) … 210 votes.

    Based on the Kloppenburg-O-Meter’s estimate of daily cost of the recount, these 210 votes will have cost Wisconsin taxpayers a little over $600,000.

    But fear not.  The recount uncovered improper absentee ballots filled out by suspicious characters.

    The cloistered Cistercian nuns from the Valley of Our Lady Monastery in Prairie du Sac, WI, have had their absentee ballots thrown out — over the protests of the Prosser camp — for lack of witness signatures.

    As reported by JSOnline:

    The recount for the state Supreme Court race has come to this: Votes from nuns have been thrown out.

    The twist in the race between Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg came during the recount in Sauk County. There, ballots of Cistercian nuns from the Valley of Our Lady Monastery in Prairie du Sac were rejected.

    The nuns live a contemplative, monastic life and support themselves by baking and distributing altar breads, according to their website.

    On Friday, during the recount, it was noted that witness signatures were missing from 18 absentee ballots from the Town of Sumpter, where votes from the monastery are counted.

    “Eighteen applications did not have a witness signature,” said Alene Bolin, assistant corporation counsel for Sauk County. “I don’t think all 18 were from the monastery. I think it has turned into, there were 18 nuns but I do remember one of the ballots was not from the convent.”

    “They’re cloistered nuns,” Bolin said. “So the clerk (Donna Ziegler) dropped off an envelope with all the absentee ballots and applications with them. On the day of the election, she picked them up and dropped them off at the polling place. The absentee ballots were opened there and counted. During the recount it was discovered that there was no witness signature.”

    Because canvassers were unable to match the actual ballots to the voter, they took all 24 absentee ballots from the Town of Sumpter and randomly drew 18, which were then set aside and not counted. Of those ballots, Prosser had 14 while Kloppenburg had four.

    This is, perhaps, the single greatest achievement of the Kloppenburg recount, with Kloppenburg picking up a net 10 votes.

    What utter nunsense.

    Update 5-6-2011:  At the end of yesterday, with 79.46% of reporting units and just under 75% of votes recounted, Kloppenburg holds steady at a net gain of 220 votes.  Kloppenburg needs to pick up 7,096 votes to catch up to Prosser.  Are there even that many cloistered nuns in Wisconsin?  If not, Kloppenburg’s chances look like a dim lighbulb on a foggy country road.

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    "It is all about an election that was lost by Kloppenburg,"

    Of course it is. I mean there's no way it's about a very close election in which a number of votes were found after the fact that eclipsed the actual margin. No way that could possibly be grounds for a recount. Oh, actually it is grounds for a recount, the recount we're having. You can whine about that all you want but exercising a legal right to a recount after a close race isn't exactly the great sin you seem to think it is.

    "There's no need. The law is based on the presumption that reasonable candidates will have enough sense to make a good judgement."

    So you want to whine that the situation is just horrible but won't actually try to change anything that led to the situation? And we're supposed to care about your griping, why exactly?

    "It shows a level of ruthlessness that disgusts decent Americans. In fact I think it's close to being up there with Al Gore fighting to prevent the counting of the absenteed ballot votes of American Servicemen at one stage in the Florida recount kerfuffel, 11 years ago! "

    Out of curiosity were you just as mad at Kathleen Harris illegally purging the voter rolls of blacks to help Bush? You know, a sitting SoS actively disenfranchising Americans she didn't like? I'm assuming there is a bottom to your well of hypocrisy I'm just wondering how far we have to plumb to find it…

    Tlaloc, if you weren't so thin skinned, you'd probably get that the only one who is whining on this thread is you . . . repeatedly!

    The law allowing her to ask for a recount (at state expense if it is within half a percentage point) does not require her to call for the recount. This election involved a considerable number of voters, and therefore the percentage made the threshold number quite high — 7,316.

    Following the full statewide canvassing process and the GAB investigation into the Waukesha County matter, it became very clear that there was virtually no chance at all of her overturning a 7,316 vote deficit.

    She just lost.

    Even the liberal-leaning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel twice urged her to throw in the towel.

    During the canvassing process, Democrat Milwaukee County kept adding the same columns of numberd over and over again (and coming up with the same answer), but they just couldn't bring themselves to put an end the canvassing process until long after everyone else was finished.

    I suspect Kloppenburg demanded the recount because she was so thoroughly embarrassed by the fact that she had made a very stupid decision in declaring victory when it was so close the day following the election, and she concluded that she needed to look for ways to disparage the process in order to personally save face.

    That shows extremely poor judgement on her part, so as far as I'm concerned, Wisconsin really did dodge a bullet. The problem, of course, is that she won't stop shooting — and wasting taxpayer resources!

    Your other claims are just trash, much like Jimmy Carter in Plains in 2004, in full race-baiting mode, with candidate John Kerry standing next to him nodding his head, flat-out lying and actually claiming that over a million blacks were unlawfully disinfranchised in Florida in 2000, when there was never any proof whatsoever that any blacks were so disinfranchised.

    Other news from WI: Gov. Scott Walker…announced he had ordered layoff notices to approximately 350 assistant district attorneys be rescinded.

    America has the highest incarceration rate in the world. The WI prison-industrial complex has just faced down the governor despite the state's fiscal crisis. There is a degree of resemblance to what the SEIU is trying to do.

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