City of Brookfield Recount Completed

After a meticulous hand recount, Prosser gained three additional votes and Kloppenburg gained one more vote from City of Brookfield voters.

"Drum roll, please."

Those were the words uttered as elections consultant Barb Hansen read aloud the vote tally for the final polling ward for the City of Brookfield.

And with that, at 6:19 p.m. Saturday, volunteer tabulators finished the meticulous three-day hand recount of the more than 14,000 votes cast by City of Brookfield voters for the state Supreme Court race on April 5. 

Its finish is just the beginning for the Waukesha County Board of Canvassers, who still have about 70% of the county's votes to recount, after 10 days of work including two consecutive Saturdays. That's in stark contrast to 67 other counties that have finished their recounts, and the four others that expect to be complete by Monday, leaving Waukesha alone in the spotlight.

But it was a milestone for tabulators because much scrutiny has been on the City of Brookfield's votes ever since Waukesha County two days after the election to announce a stunner: that in the razor-thin high court race in which Assistant State Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg had declared victory with a 200-vote margin out of 1.5 million cast, an entire city's votes had not been included in the statewide tally.

A city with 14,315 votes, about 76 percent of which went to the other candidate, the conservative incumbent, Justice David Prosser Jr. 

The sudden "discovery" of votes that had not been previously reported — coming from one of the most conservative municipalities in one of the most conservative counties — had many crying foul. The votes, however, had been reported in a detailed ward-by-ward breakdown in a Brookfield Patch story . 

But after the three-day hand recount, the city's votes were for the most part upheld as accurate. The recount netted three additional votes for Prosser and one additional vote for Kloppenburg, for a final city margin of 10,862 to 3,457, according to Ellen Nowak, chief of staff for Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.

The city's recount was not without disputes and controversy. It is yet unclear whether Kloppenburg will challenge any of the votes in court, such as more the more than 1,500 votes cast in the high court race by voters in the city's Wards 1, 2 and 3.

Those ballots were inside post-election and found partially open during the recount. Kloppenburg campaign representatives objected to the bags being opened and votes counted due to questions about the ballots' security and potential tampering.

But retired Waukesha County Circuit Judge Robert Mawdsley, appointed to oversee the recount in lieu of Nickolaus, allowed their recount, saying it would be up another court to decide, should it be challenged in court.

 On Monday morning, Waukesha County Corporation Counsel Tom Farley will explain why more time is needed as the state Government Accountability Board asks a Dane County judge to extend the May 9 deadline for finishing the historic statewide recount.

And back in Waukesha, the recount will move to the cafeteria in the Administration Building, a much larger room than the first-floor conference room where it has been held since April 27. Double the number of tabulators will be on hand to try to speed up the county's recount, while still undergoing a more detailed process than many counties, recorded for posterity by a court reporter hired by the county.

MJM May 09, 2011 at 10:02 PM
You are correct. Maybe I should have been clearer. I think there will be many recall petitions circulating and those will be in the news, successful or not. For those that are successful, there will be elections. I believe some of these elections will be close....thus the demand for recounts. I cannot predict the current recall elections...my guess would be that there will be losses on both sides. I can predict that many who were just elected will be facing recall petition gathering next year....on both sides of the aisle.
Lyle Ruble May 09, 2011 at 10:13 PM
@Rick... There is no connection between Gore/Bush Florida recounts and Prosser/Kloppenburg. As many have pointed out, the votes were not found. It was the Waukesha County Clerk not including Brookfield's votes in the early unofficial return. I don't think we'll know for awhile why Kloppenburg has not ceded defeat. My own feeling is that if they throw out any of the bags of ballots it won't change the outcome. Although there were 14000 Brookfield votes, it they disqualify whole bags, they would be disqualifying Kloppenburg votes also.
Craig May 11, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Has anyone seen the article about all the anomolies in Dane county that match what occured in Waukesha county. Seems if you challenge the Waukesha ballots the Dane county ones should get as much scrutiny. It appears we need new practices/procedures all over the state not just in counties we want to pick and choose. I doubt things are as evil and fishy as the Kloppenburg camp is making them out to be. Easy to make that conclusion if you limit what you actually look at.
MJM May 11, 2011 at 02:00 PM
If any county should be investigated it is Dane County. I do not know why the Prosser campaign is not making a bigger stink....unless they don't want to seem to be from the same ilk as the Kloppenburg camp. Read the official Dane County minutes..especially the parts of how who groups of mostly Prosser ballots were not placed in the bags and only found later. http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/recount/dane_county_recount_minutes_pdf_14565.pdf
Keith Best May 11, 2011 at 02:42 PM
At this point, showing class and graciousness, Kloppenburg should concede. She has neither so it won't happen. She will do what liberals always do...take it to the courts and hope for a liberal judge.


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