After a contentious Wisconsin Supreme Court election this week, progressive challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg declared victory over Republican David Prosser by around 200 votes, prompting talk of a recount.
But on Thursday, incredibly, the clerk of a solidly Republican county announced she failed to save 14,315 votes on her computer. These votes would put Prosser ahead by 7,500, just above the number that would allow Kloppenburg to call for a recount on the state's dollar.
There are too many discrepancies, and this election is too important to NOT have an independent federal investigation into the matter.
- US Attorney General
- Inspector General, Federal Election Commission
Lynne A. McFarland
- Chair, Federal Election Commission
Cynthia L. Bauerly
- Vice Chair, Federal Election Commission
Caroline C. Hunter
- Director and General Counsel, WI Government Accountability Board
Kevin J. Kennedy
- FBI, Milwaukee Field Office
- Division Administrator, Elections Division, Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
Nathaniel E. Robinson
The recent developments in this month's Wisconsin Supreme Court election, namely Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus's "failing to save" over 14,000 votes that if counted will change the results of the election, are too large to go uninvestigated.
The public's faith in elections is a cornerstone of our democracy, and we ask for an immediate and thorough independent federal investigation to ensure votes were counted fairly.
As groups like Wisconsin Citizen Action have requested, all computer equipment, ballots and other relevant materials should be immediately impounded by authorities. The investigation should also include all communications by Ms. Nicolaus with actors both within the Waukesha clerk's office and with all outside actors.
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