Kloppenburg Supreme Court Recount On While Prosser Campaign Calls It Frivolous
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (04/21/2011) - The attention remains on the Wisconsin Supreme Court race that developed into a referendum of sorts over the so-called anti-union actions of the new governor and his elected Republican friends in the capitol. Now that the state canvassing is finished, Supreme Court seat challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg has asked for a recount, which a Supreme Court incumbent Prosser spokesperson calls, frivolous. There is plenty of debate by people throughout the state about the campaign, voting, possible discrepencies and the recount.
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg’s request for a statewide recount after the narrow margin and the unprecedented controversy over the vote count and issues related to the integrity of the vote count in Waukesha County.
“The request for a recount is completely justified given the controversy over the Waukesha County Clerk’s actions, her secrecy and the narrow margin," Scott Ross said.
"The unprecedented turnout by working Wisconsinites, due in large part to continuing lying, deceit and disregard for the laws of Wisconsin by Gov. Scott Walker and his allies in the legislature, may be a problem for Walker, David Prosser and their pro-corporate string-pullers, but it truly is what democracy looks like," Ross said.
After JoAnne Kloppenburg announced her decision to demand an official recount of the results of the Supreme Court race, Prosser Campaign Spokesman Brian J. Nemoir called it a "costly decision to engage in a statistically improbable taxpayer-funded recount recount:
"Apparently nothing will stop her from going ahead and wasting taxpayers hard-earned money to discover what election officials did on April 5th – that Justice David Prosser was reelected," Nemoir said.
"We’ve now had a statewide canvass and four separate examinations of the canvass in one county. The record books show the largest number of votes turned in state history on a recount is 489. Their losing margin now stands at fifteen times that," Nemoir said.
"Now, ironically, less than 24 hours after the Government Accountability Board concluded that the April 5th canvass in Waukesha County was correct, she today insists that it needs further examination," Nemoir said.
"With the official canvass showing her down by over 7,300 votes, the only way she can achieve her nakedly political goal is to do one thing: challenge and disenfranchise thousands of Wisconsin citizens who exercised their right to vote April 5th and believed this election over," Nemoir.
"Justice Prosser’s recount team will work diligently in the weeks and months ahead to protect the votes of Wisconsin citizens at the same time Ms. Kloppenburg’s campaign works to take them away,” Prosser Campaign Spokesman Brian J. Nemoir stated.
There are many who have argued that it is important that Wisconsin citizens be assured that the election process in the state does not hold a lasting taint, and One Wisconsin's Scott Ross is one of them.
"We must ensure our elections are fair and clean and that the will of the people is honored. Our democracy, contrary to the astonishing claim of Prosser’s lawyer, is not ‘frivolous’,” One Wisconsin Now Director Scott Ross pointed out.
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