So it’s a snafu that added over 7,000 “votes” to Prosser’s “total.” A snafu is innocuous, like a glitch. Just one of those things. A simple accident. Shit happens! Can’t be helped. Those homely euphemisms are more comfortable than AP’s way of putting it in this headline:
Wis. Corrects Vote Count, Gives Incumbent Big Lead
“Correcting” sounds a little scary. (Remember how Grady, the ghost/caretaker, uses it in The Shining?) Like when you correct a mispronunciation, or a spelling error, or a wrong opinion, or some childish misbehavior. There’s a hint there of the iron brace, corrective shoe, the belt across the buttocks.
But while it may sound harsh, it’s accurate as glitch and snafu aren’t; because it carries the appropriate sense of a divine hand—paternal or imperial—reaching down to set things on their proper course.
That’s clearly what has happened in Waukesha County: not a glitch or snafu but an act of strict correction by The Man behind the curtain. To get a sense of just how bogus this thing was, read the below, paying special heed to the bolded section re: the slightly nettled Bloomfield City Clerk.
Prosser Picks Up 7,500-plus Votes in Waukesha County Clerk Snafu
County clerk failed to properly save the City of Brookfield’s votes to her countywide total, an error that could mean victory for Prosser.
By Joe Petrie and Lisa Sink |
In a stunning development that instantly changed the race for the state Supreme Court, a county clerk’s error on election night added 7,582 votes for incumbent Justice David Prosser over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg.
The additional votes almost certainly will give Prosser the victory in the heated race for the high court. As of early afternoon, Kloppenburg had been ahead in the race, according to totals compiled by the Associated Press.
The additional votes for Prosser were found after it was determined that all the votes for the City of Brookfield were not included in the initial counts that the county provided to the Associated Press, which has been maintaining a statewide tally of votes.