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WI: Wanggaard seeks recount in Senate race clouded with irregularities
The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 6-15-12 | M. D. Kittle & Ryan Ekvall

Posted on 06/16/2012 5:33:54 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

MADISON — With suspicions growing over voter fraud, incumbent Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard is asking for a recount of votes cast in the 21st Senate District recall election — an election in which Wanggaard’s Democratic challenger, John Lehman, narrowly won.

Or so it appears.

Lehman said he’s confident the results will stand and questioned the motives of the incumbent and his party.

Earlier this week, in its canvassing of the June 5 election, Racine County elections officials found Lehman added 55 votes to his election night tally, apparently giving the Racine Democrat a victory by 834 votes. That’s a slim 1.2 percent win.

At the time, Wanggaard, through a spokesman, said he would consider his options regarding a recount.

Friday, the option considered was recount.

The Racine Republican said over the past week that he has had “dozens of people beating down” his door demanding that he ask for an immediate recount. Many of his supporters, Wanggaard said, feel disenfranchised, a feeling arguably fueled by reports of voting irregularities and allegations of voter fraud at some Racine polling sites.

In a statement, Wanggaard said he does not seek a recount as a delaying tactic.

“Like many of you, I too want to move on from the bitterness that has divided this state as a result of the recall elections,” the lawmaker said.

“But I also recognize that in the absence of a voter ID law, and so many people suspicious of the election result, bitterness and division will only grow if the results are not recounted,” he added.

So much for the overtures of goodwill expressed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Lehman said.

Still, Lehman expressed confidence, even as he sounded tones of fatigue and suspicion.

“We think it was a fair election, and we will prevail,” said Lehman, who served as senator of the 21st Senate District before he was beaten by Wanggaard in 2010, when Republicans swept into power in the Legislature and governor’s mansion.

The Democrat noted that Walker, who scored a decisive victory over Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the statewide recall election, won the 21st Senate District on the same ballot, on which Wanggaard apparently lost.

More so, Lehman cast a critical eye on the political motives of the recount, wholly endorsed by the Republican Party of Wisconsin and the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate.

“I don’t know what the real objective is, if Mr. Wanggaard is a pawn of some larger political strategy,” he said.

If Lehman’s victory stands, it would be a crucial win for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, giving the party a 17-16 majority in the state Senate.

As it stands, the Senate is evenly split, following the resignation of state Sen. Pam Galloway, R-Wausau, who resigned not long before she was recalled, citing family medical issues.

State Rep. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, easily won the special election for the open seat. If he is sworn in before the recount is cleared up, Republicans would regain the majority.

Lehman said the GOP would then control staffing, committee assignments and the flow of bills.

That worry may prove premature, but recounts, as Wisconsin learned last spring in a heated Supreme Court race, can drag out.

The Government Accountability Board, the state’s election watchdog, Monday is expected to issue an order for recount, which would begin Wednesday. Election officials then would have 10 calendar days to conduct the recount.

“I would expect they would be able to finish late next week. Then there’s a five (business) day period afterwards to appeal to the decision to circuit court,” said GAB staff counsel Mike Haas.

Wanggaard said he seeks only to assure voters about the integrity of the election, guided by what he said is a simple philosophy: “Trust but verify.”

“This is not about maintaining power or denying Democrats power,” Wanggaard said, adding that there are no “secret plans” for a special legislative session while the votes are recounted.

But the recount will cost taxpayers, a point not lost on Wanggaard and fellow Republicans who have decried the heavy expense of the spate of recalls driven by Democrats.

Because of the margin of victory, Wanggaard had to pay $685 for the recount, $5 for each of the 137 wards in the Senate district. Racine County taxpayers also will be on the hook for the recount. County clerk Wendy Christensen estimated the recount would cost $10,000. She said the recount of April’s judicial election cost more than $7,000 with less than half as many votes cast.

“This is what we expected,” said Randolph Brandt, treasurer for the Committee to Recall Van Wanggaard. “We expected a lot of resistance from the candidate and the party. They’re going to use every opportunity to derail it. But in the end there’s not anything they can do.”

“Unfortunately, the last political act of Van Wanggaard is going to cost Racine taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars,” Lehman said.

Republicans may bristle at Lehman’s characterization. According to GAB, the six recall elections last week will cost taxpayers some $16 million, considerably less than a Senate recount.

Irregularities

The close election has been clouded by allegations of voter irregularities.

On election night, a volunteer from the Wanggaard campaign told Wisconsin Reporter he saw a van full of people pull up to a polling place after the cutoff time 8 p.m. and vote.

The MacIver Institute reported election irregularities in the form of pre-certified voter registration forms found in a trash bin behind a polling place in Racine. The Racine County sheriff’s department has confirmed it is investigating the allegation.

MacIver is a Wisconsin-based think tank that promotes free markets, individual freedom, personal responsibility and limited government, according to its website.

“There has not been anything officially reported to my office. I am aware the sheriff’s investigation is doing a couple investigations. No one officially reported anything to me,” Christensen said.

Haas said registration forms are “supposed to be signed by an elector before the clerk.”

“We’d probably want to talk to the clerks involved. We would be especially concerned if there were completed registration forms signed by a voter and ended up in a Dumpster,” the elections official said.

Haas said most allegations of voter fraud are handled by local authorities — the district attorney and the sheriff’s department — because they are criminal charges. He added, “We haven’t received any complaints with specific facts that we could follow up on having to do with alleged voter fraud.”

The Racine County District Attorney declined to comment.

The last recount of a state Senate election happened in 2010, when state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, defeated Republican challenger Ed Thompson by 0.66 percent of the vote. The recount upheld Vinehout’s victory.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: control; fraud; lehman; senate

1 posted on 06/16/2012 5:34:00 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

isconsin: Wanggaard recount details ping

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


2 posted on 06/16/2012 5:35:59 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

HhhMmm so that’s what happened to those buses from Michigan..


3 posted on 06/16/2012 5:51:24 AM PDT by CMailBag
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Any objective, impartial observer or election official in the state of Wisconsin would have to take account of the enitre voting pattern throughout the state. I have carefully done that, and.....I can tell you the Racine are voting wetn against the pattern of voting in the entire state of Wisconsin. A recount is fully in order. Someone, I don’t know who, on the Democrat side was cooking the books, big time!!!


4 posted on 06/16/2012 5:54:24 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

In one of the 36 precincts, a woman was caught voting for the third time. All three votes were counted...


5 posted on 06/16/2012 6:01:27 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The Wisonsin State Senate will not even be in session again until after the November elections. What happens before then is essentially meaningless.


6 posted on 06/16/2012 6:08:15 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Racine has the typical demographics of a dem city. 40% minorities, shrinking population and job base.

Residents aren't getting the government they want or deserve. They are getting the government that the dems will cheat to create. How can they live such a lie?

7 posted on 06/16/2012 6:12:58 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This is less about reversing the outcome than about keeping the focus on election fraud and the need to pass a Voter ID law in WI.


8 posted on 06/16/2012 6:28:56 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This will be a good dry run to teach the Republicans what kind of behavior to look for from the unions in November. Hell, the state has a surplus of funds..........


9 posted on 06/16/2012 6:40:46 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“Unfortunately, the last political act of Van Wanggaard is going to cost Racine taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars,” Lehman said.

Can you believe that statement? Let this sink in. The democRATS were the ones who started the whole recall process to begin with, costing the tax payers $16 million. Now that the Republican wants to do a recount (for less than $10 thousand), all of a sudden the RATS are complaining about the cost to tax payers.

Liberals really are insane.


10 posted on 06/16/2012 7:30:24 AM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: afraidfortherepublic

So what is involved in the recount? Are the names challenged against records? Or is it purely just a counting of the ballots?


11 posted on 06/16/2012 7:58:18 AM PDT by jettester (I got paid to break 'em - not fly 'em)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I have a Q for you or someone from Wisconsin that can answer it...As I understand this “recount” it is only a “recount” and not a verification of eligibility to vote? No auditing of address/names, etc. Just recounting of ballots, some of which may be fraudulent. If so, not much point.


12 posted on 06/16/2012 7:59:38 AM PDT by donozark (Rainbow Herbicides: Better living through modern chemistry...)
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To: PIF
In one of the 36 precincts, a woman was caught voting for the third time. All three votes were counted...

Only 3 times?? What a slacker... /s

13 posted on 06/16/2012 8:10:51 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: PIF

>>In one of the 36 precincts, a woman was caught voting for the third time. All three votes were counted...<<

Link please? (I’ll try Google, but if you’re going to state something like this, you really should cite the source as well.)


14 posted on 06/16/2012 8:19:54 AM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

yes. this is exactly the way to fight evil. note the technique of all liars. to take the most damning piece of evidence against them and use it to support their evil. this is the “big lie.”

the most damning evidence against the dem is that walker won the district. why would individuals split their recall vote? that is a smoking gun.

no. no slacking off. no excuses. count every legitimate vote. discount every fraud. evil must be faced. wanggard has my support and gratitude. he is one rare republican. looks like he may be a patriot.


15 posted on 06/16/2012 8:24:28 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: donozark

You’re right...not much point.

All the recount will accomplish is adding up all the votes again, and overturning an 800 plus margin will be difficult. I don’t think examination of the registration process, or of multiple votes cast by an individual, will even be be part of the recount process.

And even if it were, it would be impossible to figure out which votes to toss out, once they’ve been illegally cast. This is why we desperately need the voter ID law (and why Democrats so strenuously oppose it.) Once the vote is cast, it’s counted, regardless whether the voter cast it illegally.


16 posted on 06/16/2012 8:31:03 AM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: Steamburg

It will be interesting to find out what the undervote (ballots with a vote against Van Wanggaard but no vote in the Governor recall portion of the ballot) is in Van Wanggaard’s district vs other non Senatorial recall districts? Of course, there may be no way to find out without recounting the other districts.


17 posted on 06/16/2012 8:41:22 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

“What happens before then is essentially meaningless.”

Wagganard wins in recount, Walker calls a special session and they take down the unions completely.

That’s what could happen. It’s only meaningless if the RAT wins.


18 posted on 06/16/2012 8:41:41 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Norseman

Same day voter registration needs to be tossed as well.


19 posted on 06/16/2012 8:43:46 AM PDT by donozark (Rainbow Herbicides: Better living through modern chemistry...)
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To: dadfly

Van Wanggaard is a former police investigator. Perhaps he has a nose for illegal conduct and feels there may be some involved here. But if votes are merely recounted and not authenticated in terms of name, address, eligibility,etc. then it is merely and exercise in futility...


20 posted on 06/16/2012 8:47:27 AM PDT by donozark (Rainbow Herbicides: Better living through modern chemistry...)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

RE:Your # 18. Would be interesting! Gov. Walker and Republicans come back in special session and move Wisconsin forward as a Right to Work State! Boy, would there be some hell raising then!


21 posted on 06/16/2012 8:49:49 AM PDT by donozark (Rainbow Herbicides: Better living through modern chemistry...)
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To: Norseman

Most of the stuff is detailed here

http://www.facebook.com/vickimckennapage


22 posted on 06/16/2012 9:02:20 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: donozark; jettester

A recount is a recount — nothing more. It is not likely to change anything, except buy time. Once the ballot is in the box, there is no taking it back.

I concur with the poster above who questioned why Walker won the district and Wanggaard “lost”. That does seem odd. Were there more votes cast in the Wanggaard race than in the Walker race?

I’m also concerned about reports of pre-signed blank registration applications found in the trash. To sign a blank application is strictly against the law, and I hope whoever signed them is called in for questioning, as well as the chief inspector of that poll.

I hope the person caught voting 3 times is prosecuted to the hilt.


23 posted on 06/16/2012 9:22:56 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Unless the Governor needs to call a special session...


24 posted on 06/16/2012 9:24:39 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: donozark
Same day voter registration needs to be tossed as well.

Absolutely! It's an invitation to fraud.

25 posted on 06/16/2012 9:27:25 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Norseman

FOX6NOW.com has a story about Racine Co. Sheriff investing “bag of election materials.”


26 posted on 06/16/2012 9:46:29 AM PDT by donozark (Rainbow Herbicides: Better living through modern chemistry...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Oh yeah...time to break out the popcorn.


27 posted on 06/16/2012 10:22:16 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: UB355
"Most of the stuff is detailed here http://www.facebook.com/vickimckennapage"

Damn...I don't (won't) do farsebook. Can (will) you copy and paste over here - please!?!

28 posted on 06/16/2012 10:25:56 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: harpu

A summary can be found here. Also look elsewhere on this blog for more Racine election issues.

http://realdebatewisconsin.blogspot.com/2012/06/racine-election-day-shenanigans-summary.html


29 posted on 06/16/2012 11:05:53 AM PDT by LouD (I stand with Scott Walker)
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Why would a republican ever do a recount? They always favor democrats....always


30 posted on 06/16/2012 11:51:18 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Norseman

Dear Norseman,

Not everything is on the web - the report was from a poll watcher during one of last week’s Mark Belling shows - it would reside on one of his podcasts - you can go listen - I have no idea which show it was.

There were heavy irregularities all through that race at the polls. The election officials are mostly Democrats, and as such, have ignored all reports, which is why there is at least one investigation going on.


31 posted on 06/16/2012 3:55:52 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: ExCTCitizen

Only 3 times?? What a slacker... /s

No slacker, she just picked up a new identity and went to another precinct, like many others I’m sure, where she likely voted again, and again, etc.


32 posted on 06/16/2012 3:58:48 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: LouD

Wow! That’s toxic! (the report) I hope the Wanggaard folks and the Racine GOP are on top of this.


33 posted on 06/16/2012 6:27:45 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This seems pointless given the short period of office for this Senator. Just get him next election which will have voter id verification from what I understand.


34 posted on 06/17/2012 10:30:51 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: Norseman
All the recount will accomplish is adding up all the votes again, and overturning an 800 plus margin will be difficult.

Maybe. Senate district 21 encompasses the county of Racine, except for the towns of Waterford (population 4,048) and Burlington (population 10,464).

It's hard to compare apples to apples, because the gubernatorial election results are broken down by county, whereas the senatorial results are given by district. Conceivably, Walker beat Barrett by those 5000 votes in those two cities, but since those two cities don't belong to Senate district 21, those 5000 voters couldn't also vote for Waangard.

I wish we could see the results broken down more finely, by precinct for example, to see if there are any statistical anomalies among them.

First, let me say that while I am an engineer, I have no more intimate knowledge of the optical scanners commonly used in Wisconsin than any other voter - I have stuffed my ballot into them, and that is all. That said, assuming Racine uses optical scanners, it is conceivable that one or more of them was programmed only to tally the race for Governor, and not for Senator. Hence, it might be possible to cast an uncounted vote for Waangard. A recount would, I hope, be done with carefully calibrated and programmed optical machines, first fed a test stack to verify their operation.

35 posted on 06/18/2012 8:07:31 AM PDT by Monitor ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it." - H. L. Mencken)
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To: donozark

#26 should read “investigating.”


36 posted on 06/19/2012 6:37:40 AM PDT by donozark (Rainbow Herbicides: Better living through modern chemistry...)
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