Prosser Remains Wisconsin Supreme Court Victor Following Statewide Recount
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (05/21/2011) - Saturday, May 21st may feel like the end of the world for Joanne Kloppenburg and her supporters. The unofficial Wisconsin Supreme Court Recount totals show that incumbent David Prosser has indeed won the court seat after a fierce battle between the two. Unofficial recount totals show Prosser won by 7,006 votes, following the final recount results in from all of Waukesha County. Both candidates each picked up a few more votes in Waukesha County than were included in totals from that county before the recount.
Unofficially, the Waukesha County recount shows 92,331 votes for Prosser and 32,777 for his challenger, Joanne Kloppenburg, During the recount process, an additional 68 votes for David Prosser were found in Waukesha County, and, 19 more Waukesha County votes were added to the total for Kloppenburg.
These are unofficial recount results reported by the county boards of canvassers. These numbers have not been certified by the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.):
As of 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2011, all 3,602 Reporting Units have reported results, which have been reviewed by G.A.B. staff. That is 100% of all Reporting Units.
In total the counties have recounted 1,500,130 votes, which is 1,250 more than the 1,498,880 votes originally cast.
The Government Accountaility Board (G.A.B.) says this is the final update. There will be no more postings until after 9:00 a.m. the morning of Monday, May 23, 2011 when the unofficial recount results are replaced with the Official Ward by Ward Certified Results, according to G.A.B..
There have been fears voiced by Democrats and employee unions and their members that replacing David Prosser on the high Wisconsin court would be problematic for their best interests. The new Republican Governor, Scott Walker, and Republicans in the state Assembly and State Senate, where Republicans currently have majorities, have passed controversial legislation in the short time since Walker was sworn in. The legislation, among other things, limits negotiating rights by state employee unions that private industry union members are afraid may eventually be extended to them.
David Prosser, who has a Wisconsin legislature seat in his history, has expressed similar ideas as the new Republican Governor in the past. That worries Democrats and unions, because it is feared it may influence any decision Prosser might make, should the matter come before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, regarding the legislation, which has been described as an attempt at "union-busting".
Democrats and many union members, and, especially, Joanne Kloppenburg, had hoped the recount might change the results of the April election. There were apparently and unfortunately, conflicting results as the original tallies were being reported election night. The conflicting results were especially suspicious after results come in from Waukesha County, where a huge block of votes in favor of Prosser ended up changing the outcome of the race, after Kloppenburg was in the lead.
The Kloppenburg requested recount just completed, basically upholds the results of the tallies shown after the normal, customary canvassing of votes, with relatively minor changes.
These are unofficial recount results. The final, official results will be made available by the Government Accountability Board Monday, May 23rd.
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