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Will Wisconsin recount affect collective bargaining bill?

The Democrat-backed challenger in the race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court is granted a recount as the collective bargaining bill moves through the state court system.

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Vote delay arouses suspicions

Compounding questions over the narrow margin was the revelation during vote counting that Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus had failed to report 14,315 votes. When they were counted, that pushed the election in Prosser’s favor. Ms. Nickolaus’s explanation that “human error” caused the mistaken delay in reporting the votes received the support of the Government Accountability Board. She remains under scrutiny by liberal groups, however, because of a resume that shows she once worked for as a data analyst and computer specialist for the state’s Republican caucus for 13 years, a time window that included Prosser’s brief tenure as Assembly speaker in 1995 and 1996.

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The connection was enough for US Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) of Wisconsin to ask US Attorney General Eric Holder to launch a federal investigation into vote counting measures in Waukesha County.

Kloppenburg told supporters late Wednesday that, “there are legitimate and widespread anomalies and widespread questions about the conduct of this election, most visibly in Waukesha County.”

“With a margin this small … the importance of every vote is magnified and doubts about each vote is magnified as well,” she said.

Walker told reporters late Wednesday that Kloppenburg had the legal right to pursue a recount but “it’s highly unlikely it would change the outcome.” The Government Accountability Board approved the recount on Thursday.

Improper meeting alleged

In addition to the recount, Kloppenburg is also asking the Government Accountability Board to launch a special investigator to probe “the actions and conduct” of Nickolaus.

Her complaint not only questions the nearly two-day delay in announcing the misreported votes, but it also alleges that Prosser improperly had a meeting with Walker on April 6, one day after the election. The next day, Walker’s administration asked the state Supreme Court to get involved in the Dane County case.

Prosser and a representative for Walker both deny the meeting took place. Prosser’s campaign spokesperson told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in a statement that Kloppenburg is “wasting taxpayers’ hard-earned money to discover what election officials did on April 5 – that Justice David Prosser was reelected.”

The recount will be by hand and take place in each of the state’s 72 counties. The Government Accountability Board announced that the process will start next week.

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