Wisconsin Supreme Court Election Takes Another Turn

Since Tuesday the election for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice has taken many twists and turns.  

On Wednesday Kloppenburg declared vistory http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/…

“We owe Justice Prosser our gratitude for his more than 30 years of public service. Wisconsin voters have spoken and I am grateful for, and humbled by, their confidence and trust. I will be independent and impartial and I will decide cases based on the facts and the law. As I have traveled the State, people tell me they believe partisan politics do not belong in our Courts.  I look forward to bringing new blood to the Supreme Court and focusing my energy on the important work Wisconsin residents elect Supreme Court justices to do.”

Yet, it seems that Kloppenburg may have been a little hasty in her proclamation of victor as a reporting error identified on Wednesday and reported on Thursday had a significant, some might say seismic, impact on the race.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that an error in not reporting votes to the Associated Press has shifted the results to strongly favor Justice Prosser:

http://online.wsj.com/article/…

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said she realized her error Wednesday afternoon when she was importing the election numbers into a file and realized that 10,859 votes for Mr. Prosser and 3,456 for Mr. Kloppenburg had not been counted.

This election looks to be headed to the courts which would seem an odd place for an election for a State Supreme Court Justice to be decided.

On a slightly different note, when will we ever figure out how to count votes?

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