Curiouser and Curiouser in Wis. Recall and Recount
It’s getting curiouser and curiouser in Wisconsin.
First, in the recount of the state supreme court race, more questions arose in controversial Waukesha County. That’s the county where 14,000 votes mysteriously surfaced 48 hours after the polls closed, tipping the race to conservative justice David Prosser. And that’s the county where the clerk responsible for the ballots, Kathy Nickolaus, used to work for Prosser.
On Thursday, during the recount in that county, five out of the first six ballot bags had holes in them.
“There are several bags that appear to be improperly sealed,” acknowledged retired Circuit Court Judge Robert Mawdsley, who is in charge of the recount there, according to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Second, in the Republican effort to recall three Democratic state senators, huge irregularities have been found.
“The overwhelming evidence clearly shows a pervasive pattern of election fraud,” said state senate Democratic leader Mark Miller.
One petition circulator for the Republicans “gathered signatures on Indian reservations claiming petitions were to support ‘schools,’ ‘Democrats,’ and ‘tribal rights,’ ” the state Democratic Party alleges.
Other voters were misled, the party says, including one who signed an affidavit that he was told the petition was actually to recall Gov. Scott Walker.
And in the most bizarre occurrence, William Pocan’s signature appears on one of the petitions. Pocan has been dead for 20 years. His son, Mark Pocan, is one of the Democratic leaders in the Wisconsin assembly.
If you liked this story by Matthew Rothschild, the editor of The Progressive magazine, check out his story "Labor Denounces Walker’s and Kasich’s “Recognition” of State Employees."
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