Wisconsin Supreme Court Election Recount Begins Wednesday; Waukesha County Clerk Recuses Self
By Brad Friedman
Wednesday morning at 9:00am Central Daylight Time, County Clerks in 72 counties across the state of Wisconsin will convene to oversee just the third statewide election “recount” in Badger State history. Kathy Nickolaus, the embattled Waukesha County Clerk, GOP activist, and former colleague of Justice David Prosser during their tenure in the Assembly Republican Caucus fraught with criminal felony charges and corruption, will not be one of them.
The two previous statewide recounts in Wisconsin were carried out in 1989 and, before that, in 1865.
By agreement of both campaigns, just 31 of the 72 counties will see some of their paper ballots counted by hand in the state-sponsored contest of the April 5th Supreme Court election between the incumbent Republican Prosser and his independent challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. All other ballots are scheduled to be counted once again by the same oft-failed, easily-manipulated machines made by companies like Diebold, ES&S and Sequoia, which tallied them originally. Each machine-tallied ballot may be examined — though they may not be touched — by representatives of each campaign, prior to being run through the machine again.