UPDATED: Computer Error Discovery Apparently Provides Miracle Win In Wisconsin
At National Review, Christian Schneider of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute breaks a major story in the Prosser-Kloppenberg Wisconsin Supreme Court race…
After Tuesday night’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election, a computer error in heavily Republican Waukesha County failed to send election results for the entire City of Brookfield to the Associated Press. The error, revealed today, would give incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Prosser a net 7,381 votes against his challenger, attorney Joanne Kloppenburg. On Wednesday, Kloppenburg declared victory after the AP reported she finished the election with a 204-vote lead, out of nearly 1.5 million votes cast.
On election night, AP results showed a turnout of 110,000 voters in Waukesha County — well short of the 180,000 voters that turned out last November, and 42 percent of the county’s total turnout. By comparison, nearly 90 percent of Dane County voters who cast a ballot in November turned out to vote for Kloppenburg.
Prior to the election, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus was heavily criticized for her decision to keep the county results on an antiquated personal computer, rather than upgrade to a new data system being utilized statewide. Nickolaus cited security concerns for keeping the data herself — yet when she reported the data, it did not include the City of Brookfield, whose residents cast nearly 14,000 votes.
Throughout the day Thursday, official canvass numbers flipped the lead back and forth between Prosser and Kloppenburg. While many believed a recount was inevitable, the addition of the Brookfield votes for Prosser could push the justice’s lead beyond the legal threshold that would trigger an automatic recount. Under state law, Kloppenburg could still ask for a recount up to three days after the official canvass, but would have to pay for it herself.
The race, which has been almost literally tied throughout the count, more or less holds the fate of Gov. Scott Walker’s union reforms in Wisconsin. If the Brookfield discovery pushes Prosser beyond the margin of fraud, the battle in Wisconsin is more or less over despite what appears to be the Left pulling out all the stops to win or steal that race and negate November’s elections.
It’s practically a miracle.
But don’t hold your breath waiting for the Left to stop fighting. What’s likely is even more intimidation, thuggery and disruption by the unions and the Left there.
Nevertheless, Prosser’s deliverance today is a huge step in an existential fight for this country. If it holds up, a major victory has been won.
UPDATE: Schneider’s report is now confirmed by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel…
In a political bombshell, the clerk in a Republican stronghold is set to release new vote totals giving 8,000 votes in the state Supreme Court race back toward Justice David Prosser, swinging the race significantly in his favor.
The Waukesha County clerk’s office has told state elections officials that they will be adjusting the vote totals to give incumbent David Prosser more than 7,000 new votes, said Mike Haas, staff attorney for the state Government Accountability Board.
“Waukesha will be adjusting their vote totals by 14,000,” Haas said the Accountability Board was told.
The numbers will add some 11,000 votes for Prosser and some 3,000 for Kloppenburg, he said. Haas said the Accountability Board was not giving a reason for the change, but more details are expected soon from Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.
The new numbers may provide some clarity to a race that had appeared to be headed toward the first statewide recount in two decades and as well spring a new surprise on a state that had already faced two months of chaotic politics. But the numbers also seemed almost certain to inject new controversy into an already heated race.