You recall the “found” votes in Brookfield City that Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus added to her off-system computer a day after the Wisconsin Supreme Court election results and failed to tell the election canvassers about for two days, right?
Those votes swung the election to the Republican, Prosser, by around 7,000 votes with a total of 14,000 votes being found after Nickolaus forgot to hit “save” after manually inputting the numbers. Nickolaus, who used to be the computer analyst for the GOP assembly, has a sordid history with the law already, having been granted immunity in a criminal investigation resulting from her work for the GOP assembly. Furthermore, her election security process has been roundly criticized even by Republicans. This is not her first rodeo with found votes that swung an election, either.
So we’re in the recount phase of the Supreme Court election now, and yesterday several large gap openings were discovered on the ballot bags from Brookfield City (home of the “found votes”), causing Prosser’s opponent, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, to object to the security of the bags. A judge agreed that the openings on the Brookfield City bags were the largest seen so far.