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A Democrat (frankly I'm surprised there are any considering how very red Waukesha is) on Waukesha's County Board of Canvassers has been widely quoted as saying she endorsed Waukeshas controversial new ballot count, but that's not true.

80 year old Ramona Kitzinger, a member of the canvassing board wasn't even told about the nearly 15,000 vote discrepancy until just before last Thursdays press conference by Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nicklaus.

"I am still very, very confused about why the canvass was finalized before I was informed of the Brookfield error, and it wasn't even until the news conference was happening that I learned it was this enormous mistake that could swing the whole election," the statement reads. "I was never shown anything that would verify Kathy's statement about the missing vote, and with how events unfolded and people citing me as an authority on this now, I feel I must speak up."

And more:

According to the statement, she said she was surprised the canvass board was asked to meet at noon Wednesday, rather than the usual Thursday morning start time. An advance agenda was posted. The Wednesday afternoon canvass "proceeded as normal, with no glaring irregularities or mention of a possible 15,000 vote error in Brookfield City," she wrote.

On Thursday, "during the course of the day, the issue of minor vote corrections in New Berlin and Lisbon came up, but again nothing of a historic nature or reflecting glaring irregularities," the statement reads. "In fact, the matter of vote totals in Brookfield City came up specifically during the course of Thursday's canvass. In retrospect, it seems both shocking and somewhat appalling there was no mention of discovery of this 15,000 vote 'human error' that ultimately had the potential to tip the balance of an entire statewide election. How is this possible?"

The GAB is investigating the Waukesha election results which astonished not only this state, but political watchers nationwide as it not only flipped the results of the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, but also apparantly placed the results outside of the limits for a state paid recount.

Additionally, both campaigns seem to be gearing up for recounts (or further action) with the Prosser campaign hiring Ben Ginsberg (the guy who managed the Bush post election period after the notorious 2000 election) and Kloppenburg hiring Marc Elias who managed the Al Franken recall efforts.  Both are raising funds for a recount.

Kossack Sunset Magnolia has already posted the link for contributions in a wonderful diary, but it bears repeating.

Thanks again for your interest in these events.

Minor Update: :   Thanks for messages.  Yes, I know there is another diary on this subject.  It's author messaged me after realizing that my diary was up first asking if he/she should delete.  I said that I don't mind duplicate diaries.  It's that diarists first work.

Originally posted to Puddytat on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 02:28 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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