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  •  Because of absentees, and canvas (2+ / 0-)
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    HudsonValleyMark, scotths

    There are no official results for (at least) two reasons: 1) absentees postmarked by election day and arriving as late as Friday afternoon are still be valid, and were counted this weekend, or are being counted today (there won't be very many, but there will be some), and 2) the "canvas" then happens tomorrow. The canvas is everyone getting together on a county by county basis to double check that all the numbers from all the precincts agree - the number of signatures matches the number of ballots counted, etc.

    Now your contention "The results of the Prosser/Kloppenburg were available the moment the polls closed" is clearly not true. Because days later (I believe as part of the canvas), Waukesha clerk Kathy Nicholaus discovered her 14K vote error in the spreadsheet. So what we knew on election night that night was clearly not OFFICIAL. This election is no different than that one, or any other.

    If you want the AP county-by-county numbers, I believe that is what can be found at the Milw Journal link I gave you. But those are not official (eg. they don't include any of the late absentees).

    •  quibble: two kinds of canvass (0+ / 0-)

      The municipal canvasses happen today; the county canvasses happen (or at least begin) tomorrow.

      I only bother to mention this because many people aren't aware of the role that municipalities play in Wisconsin elections. The votes that Kathy Nickolaus "found" (quoting others, not you) last year, from the city of Brookfield, were votes that had already been reported by the city clerk on election night.

    •  ??? Yes, the numers from Pros/Klop were available (0+ / 0-)

      and online that night - that's how everyone was watching as the #s were updated.  Yes, KN found her Brookfield error the next day but AP was getting the county #s from somewhere the night of the election.  We were not in the dark about the unofficial results in near-realtime.

      To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt 1918

      by JVolvo on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 07:53:34 AM PDT

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      •  Once more... (0+ / 0-)

        we were not "in the dark about the unofficial results" on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning either. They were, and still are, available on a county-by-county basis here:

      •  Absolutely! (0+ / 0-)

        I still have - some where on one of my computers - several spreadsheets and screen prints from the Prosser/Kloppenburg election from that night and the next morning...and even more after the KN fiasco started.   It is BECAUSE of that fiasco that I am paying such close attention.  So, when I can't find the county-by-county results like is normally posted, I get suspicious about what's up.

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