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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:57 PM
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You won't believe what just happened in Wisconsin.
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 07:02 PM by ooglymoogly
By Andrew Leonard:

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extraordinary development in the Wisconsin state Supreme Court election: The county clerk for conservative Waukesha country has reported that she neglected to include 14000 votes from the town of Brookfield in the totals she sent to the Associated Press Tuesday night. The new numbers reportedly give conservative incumbent David Prosser a net gain of 7582 additional votes, decisively swinging the race in his favor. At a press conference Thursday afternoon, the Waukesha county clerk, a Republican, reported that the votes for Brookfield had not been "saved in the computer."

Further complicating the story, the clerk in question, Kathy Nickolaus, a former computer specialist, received flak last summer for her idiosyncratic approach to collecting and maintaining election data. And in 2002, during a criminal investigation into illegal campaigning on state time," while running for the office of Waukesha county clerk, Nickolaus was granted immunity from prosecution, for reason that are unclear at this writing.


rest of story here http://www.salon.com/all_salon/
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:59 PM
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1. She could have at least pulled this off a little smoother. Amateurs...n/t
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:07 PM
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7. It was planned, no question.
If it is legit, I think they wanted to play a head game with the Democrats in Wisconsin (and the rest of the country). Hold these back and then drop it like a bomb. Why? Because they can and whose going to call them on it? The Media? Democrats? They want us to think that it's hopeless to beat them at an election. They may be right...if people start believing that voting doesn't matter, why show up and vote?
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:17 PM
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15. Perhaps a visit from the FBI would be appropriate...n/t
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:00 PM
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2. I would.
I am at my rope's end - this country is so absolutely fucked-up I'm actually glad I'm on the downslope.

We are doomed. From within.
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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:01 PM
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3. Obvious grounds for corruption investigation.
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Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:03 PM
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4. Gee, one would think that a good place to start would be to interview the Dem representative to the
canvass board from that county. Maybe she has something to say about all this.
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Safetykitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:05 PM
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5. I smell a fabulous republican candidate for higher office!
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:07 PM
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8. Yeah, Wisconsin's own Katherine Harris.
Sickening.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:09 PM
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13. She is the first person I thought of...
"Its deja vu all over again!" ~Yogi Bera.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:06 PM
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6. How convenient for them
:sarcasm:
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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:07 PM
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9. I'm guessing she'll be getting a face-lift and breast augmentation and run for
some Wisconsin State Offices next.


Tikki


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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:09 PM
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12. Moxie and Spunk - the tradition continues
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:08 PM
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10. I believe it but I don't understand it.
The votes from the various wards and precincts were reported throughout the night. I noted that Waukesha reported at least 3 times because the AP's tally showed that many changes to their published results.

If ONE mistake was made how the hell did it amount to 14000 votes? The average vote cast in a precinct in Tuesday's election was 1000 and only a very few went to above that number.
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apocalypsehow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:09 PM
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11. I've just been brought up to speed on it, reading here on DU. It's a dubious development, to say the
least.
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chollybocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:10 PM
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14. Cheating cheaters cheat.
Unfortunately, they only get caught when an election is this close.

Real voting should always factor in +5% for dems, to account for rethug cheating.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:19 PM
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16. There is a picture of the witch here, sans broom.
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 07:33 PM by ooglymoogly
cant get it to load, will try again.

Oh well here is her web W/ picture

http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/defaultwc.aspx?id=38066
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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:39 PM
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18. And her phone number

:-)
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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:38 PM
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17. The votes were not saved in the computer?

Huh?

And look at her history! She's a repug activist who has no integrity. And we're supposed to believe this shit?
There needs to be a criminal investigation- now.
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:58 PM
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19. Walker's GOP goon squad are total amateur hour
As they have demonstrated repeatedly, they're weak, impatient and numbskulled -- something's gonna leak out exposing their painfully obvious fraud.
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subterranean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:41 PM
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20. Is there a paper trail for the votes she kept in her personal computer?
If not, they shouldn't count because there is no way to verify that the vote totals are real.
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hayu_lol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:59 PM
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21. Prosser used to be ...
her boss. Hmmm, do you smell anything?
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:17 PM
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22. This sounds like what happened to Don Siegelman in Alabama
some years ago. Eerily familiar.

What percent of the voters in Waukesha turned out at the polls and how does that compare to similar counties?
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:19 PM
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23. The FBI should be called in immediately.
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