The Democratic Party of Wisconsin today asked state elections officials to review the Waukesha County vote tally in the 2006 state Attorney General election, after a liberal blogger pointed out there were about 17,000 more votes recorded than ballots cast.
Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus posted an asterisk on the 2006 results on the county’s web site, with a note that said votes that are hand-counted and not electronically cast through machines are not included in the ballots cast figure.
In a letter today to the state Government Accountability Board, state Democratic Party chair Mike Tate noted that in the 2006 election, Republican AG candidate J.B. Van Hollen defeated Democrat Kathleen Falk by 8,859 votes out of about 2.1 million votes cast.
The Waukesha County results showed 156,804 ballots cast in the Nov. 7, 2006 election but 174,047 votes cast in the AG race.
“This is an under-reporting of 17,243 votes,” Tate wrote. “I note with serious concern that this discrepancy is more than enough to have swung the statewide election against the Republican and for the Democrat.” Tate said the discrepancies “undermine the public’s confidence in elections.”