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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 said…

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    Are the Dems sure they were real nuns? It's easy to dress up in a nun costume. After all, even Whoopi "It wasn't rape-rape" Goldberg dressed up like a nun and I know for a fact she isn't even Catholic.

    I think the Dems ought to file some sort of a motion before Judge SueMe requiring these so-called nuns to strip down and be photographed and then publish the pictures in the newspapers to see if their nunhood can be verified.

    "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."

    So you want justice meted out based on how well liked a group is instead of the facts of the matter? Seriously what part of this don't you understand: if you fill out your ballot wrong it gets disqualified. There's no "well I like this person so even though they messed up I'll let it slide".

    Aren't you the guys usually screaming about following the law and the evil of activist judiciary? What could be more activist then choosing to apply the law only when you want to?

    Tlaloc, you got all the answer you deserve to any of your silly sideshow points here from Jim, above, yesterday at 5:58 PM when he said:

    "No. Demanding a recount – costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars – when the outcome isn't going to change is lame.

    A person with class would've conceded. A person with class wouldn't be dragging out the process out in an attempt to taint the winner. A person with class wouldn't have her bottom-feeding lawyers tossing out the votes of cloistered nuns.

    But then again, we're talking about Kloppenburg, you and people like you. You're only familiar with the last three letters of the word."

    As for your last "contribution" here, Tlaloc this recount is not about the "meting out of justice" to anyone.

    It is all about an election that was lost by Kloppenburg, her ridiculous claim the day after that she had "won" (though she had a mere 204 vote lead at that point before any of the canvassing had taken place), and her current obnoxious insistence on pressing ahead with this recount, even though though there is no way for her to prevail — at least not in an honest fashion!

    She better hope that some thieving snake in Dane County rips open and stuffs some of the bags-o-ballots in Dane County with literally thousands of previously uncounted votes, ones with her name checked!

    Challenging the validity of the votes of the 18 or so cloistered nuns was, and remains a symbolic disaster for Kloppenburg in particular and for Wisconsin Democrats in general.

    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! H

    He knew that, on balance, they would work to Bush's advantage. So he tried to take away their votes!

    Your most risible claim here was this nonsense:

    "Then change the law that said she's completely entitled to said recount."

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

    She, however chose to go ahead even though there was no way of honestly prevailing, given a 7,316 vote gap.

    Because there was no way she could prevail, she was faced with the prospect of graciously conceding, or unnecessarily wasting another million dollars plus in Wisconsin taxpayer money by demanding a recount she could not win.

    She chose the latter.

    Hopefully, having been forced to go through this, the people of Wisconsin will at least reap the benefit of the fact that by doing so, she has committed "political suicide by recount."

    They at least deserve some public benefit from her bad judgement!

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