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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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    @ptcontracting –

    Where do these numbers come from? Is there a link? I'd like to bookmark it for future reference.

    At the rate Kloppy is gaining ground she should catch up about the time the 2,398,987,673rd vote is counted. Is there that many remaining?

    "and cause outrage that the story doesn't merit. "

    The story merits plenty of outrage. Here are 18 nuns, known to every one. No criminals, not senile, etc, just decent folks carrying on with their lives.

    The political party that wants their votes thrown out have never seen a criminal that they didn't want their vote counted. A political party that claims their party members are not intelligent enough to get a vote ID. Who (in their right mind) would want a person who was of voting age that did not have enough common sense to figure out how to get their own photo ID? Leftists don't want IDs checked because it cuts down on their cheating.

    For some reason, I get the feeling that Tlalaoc would be very upset if the votes tossed were from a demographic that could be expected to vote Democrat, like people in jail.

    There were similar issues in the Franken/Coleman recount and taken to court – anyone know how that turned out? I think the Franken side was concerned about that rejected incomplete ballots would "disenfranchise" those voters.

    Bottom line, what was the Franken treatment on these similar issues?

    I hope that this boomerangs on the D's in WI.
    Talk about fraud, waste and abuse.

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