Citing a “cascade of irregularities”, thousands of tabulation errors discovered during the statewide “recount”, and tens of thousands of ballots found to be unverifiable or otherwise having been in violation of the secure chain of custody, Wisconsin’s independent Asst. AG JoAnne Kloppenburg conceded the Wisconsin Supreme Court Election for a 10-year term on the bench to Republican incumbent Justice David Prosser this afternoon at a press conference held in Madison.
“Votes were found to be miscounted in every county in the State,” Kloppenburg said in her prepared remarks. [Her complete remarks are posted at the end of this article.].
“Over 150 ballot bags containing tens of thousands of votes were found open, unsealed or torn. Waukesha County had twice as many torn, open or unsealed bags as every other county in the state combined. In many cases, municipal clerks in Waukesha testified the bags weren’t torn when they left cities, towns and villages so the security breaches occurred sometime when the bags were in Waukesha County’s custody.”
She continued: “Most every county and most every reporting unit statewide had discrepancies in reconciling poll books in which the number of voters and the number of absentee voters is recorded. In several counties, including Dane, Milwaukee, Marquette and Jackson, missing or uncounted ballots were found in unexpected places during the recount, such as a clerk’s office or left in machines.”
… “This recount should serve as a wake-up call to improve Wisconsin’s election processes,” the Asst. AG explained to the gathered media. She said there was “ample evidence that the election processes by which ballots are supposed to handled, recorded, secured and counted are not followed,” and that “thousands of votes were not counted, were counted incorrectly, or have been called into question.”
“There are unacceptable gaps in ballot security which, if allowed to continue, threaten the integrity of Wisconsin elections and undermine the confidence Wisconsin residents deserve to have in the results of those elections.”