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June 05, 2012

Color Me Über Shocked....

File under, "If the polls seem to be turning against you, start questioning the legitimacy of the vote counts":

Brace yourself: Wisconsin Democrats say they are preparing for the event that the hotly contested recall race could drag on for weeks, or even longer.

Floating the prospect of a recount is, of course, a message that bolsters the party’s claims that the race is closer than people think and that it will go down to the wire — despite polls showing Walker with the lead.

...If a recount is requested after Tuesday’s election, the process couldn’t even begin until the election results are certified in another two weeks, said Reid Magney, a spokesman for Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board.

In the Supreme Court race recount last year, the recount of the April 5 ballots lasted more than a month, with the Wisconsin elections board finally certifying the results on May 23.

On the positive side the local legal industry may get its own mini-stimulus out of this:

...the party will have more than 440 lawyers in the field on Tuesday “doing election protection activities but also tasked with recount preparation, making sure that we know where absentee ballots are at, making sure that we have a strong handle on what’s happening out there.”

It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good :p

Posted by Cassandra at June 5, 2012 08:15 AM

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Of course, the appeal of dragging out the certification is tarnished a bit in the context of a recall election, where the status quo so thoroughly favors the despised incumbent.

We just had a local election here for County Commissioner. One of my neighbors fought an uphill battle against the incumbent. I was sharply disappointed to find that she lost by a single vote -- but then after a swift recount (it was only about 600 votes total) we found that she actually had won by two votes. The electronic scanning machines sometimes fail to register a vote when the little box is not thoroughly blackened in; an "x" is not enough.

Very close races are an invitation to shenanigans. But, as Hugh Hewitt said some years ago, "If it's not close, they can't cheat."

Posted by: Texan99 at June 5, 2012 10:02 AM

I'm not sure anyone really thought the unions would give up after having fought so ... and expensively to foist this travesty on another state.

A railroad man once said, "Anything that ain't nailed down is mine, and anything I can pry loose ain't nailed down."

So it is with the non-union guy's votes.

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at June 5, 2012 12:06 PM

"Color Me Über Shocked...."

Is that like chartreuse?
Or is it more fuschia?
No, no, no....arsenic!
Yeeeaahh, that's the ticket!

Posted by: Snarkammando at June 5, 2012 12:28 PM

This tactic worked so well the last time I suppose we'll see it in every important race from now on. "Bush v. Gore" ended up with recounts that stretched on for months, none of which produced any scenario in which Gore won. However, the very length and care put into the recounts means that even today people still think Bush stole the election somehow: if there was that much smoke, there must have been some fire.

Still, as T99 says, if it's not close...

Posted by: Grim at June 5, 2012 04:04 PM

Latest news -- it wasn't close in the races for governor, lieutenant governor, or three of the four state senators, but the Democratic challenger may have won the fourth senate race. That shifts control of the state senate to the Democrats by one vote. The Republicans still control the state assembly, so we're probably looking a gridlock in which the reforms already implemented will stay in place, but nothing more will be accomplished.

Posted by: Texan99 at June 6, 2012 08:26 AM

That shifts control of the state senate to the Democrats by one vote.

It's an empty victory, though, should it pan out. The legislative session is ended in Wisconsin. Unless the (Republican) governor calls an emergency session, the Senate won't meet again until next winter--after the next elections.

Meanwhile, the Progressives and the unions have spent a ton of money on this round.

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at June 6, 2012 12:51 PM