Dems Furious After Vote Change Gives Lead to Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice

April 9, 2011


Democrats in Wisconsin were crying foul Friday after a significant vote-count change in the hotly contested Supreme Court election gave the conservative incumbent the lead in a race that could decide the fate of the state’s new divisive collective bargaining law.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said it was “human error” that resulted in more than 14,000 votes from her predominantly GOP county not being reported on Tuesday. The corrected totals gave conservative Justice David Prosser a 7,500-vote lead, according to unofficial tallies, and undid the earlier likelihood of a recount.

Rep. Peter Barca, Democratic Assembly minority leader, said Nickolaus’ revelation “raises disturbing questions, particularly in light of her partisan history.”

“The new Supreme Court race vote totals she ‘discovered’ during canvassing not only swung the election but also put the race just barely past the amount needed to trigger a state-financed recount,” he said in a statement.

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