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Republicans Request GAB Involvement In Alleged Voter Irregularities

A half-dozen Republicans called the 21st District Senate race a "wake-up call to the state" in a letter to the Government Accountability Board.

Republican Legislature leadership on Wednesday requested the Government Accountability Board examine and resolve alleged irregularities at the polls that came to light in the District 21 recall race.

Half a dozen Republicans including Rep. Robin Vos and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald signed a letter to GAB director Kevin Kennedy asking him to detail his specific plans to "restore the trust in our election process."

"The situation in the 21 Senate District is a wake-up call to the state," the Republicans wrote. "We have laws in the books that are not being followed and a recall election that made a mockery of our election system."

Reid Magney, spokesman for the GAB, said the agency just received the letter and will develop a timely response to the legislators.

"Until then, we have no comment," he said in an email.

Republican Van Wanggaard lost to John Lehman by 819 votes, or 1 percent of the vote, in a recall election on June 5. After the original canvass of the election found Wanggaard lost by 834 votes, the first-term senator requested a recount.

Despite logging more than 1,000 objections over irregularities primarily in the City of Racine during the recount, including voters not signing poll books and unsealed ballot bags, Wanggaard announced Tuesday he would not file an appeal in Racine County Circuit Court to challenge the results.

"There was just so much smoke created by what happened in the city that it's overwhelming," he said. "We have smoke, but no gun, so it doesn't make sense to file an appeal even with over 1,000 objections to things like missing names, missing addresses and missing signatures."

The Republicans echoed Wanggaard's allegations while claiming that new requirements for same-day registrations were not followed at the polls.

"Proof of residence came down to what you could find in the trash from disregarded junk mail," the Republicans wrote. "It's an utter mockery of our system and clerks are simply not complying with the law."

On the same day, the Journal Times reported that city officials admitted to not yet sending out postcards to verify same-day registrants, primarily because of the large number that need to get entered into the state's system and from participating in the recount.

But Wanggaard said those cards need to be mailed within 10 days and even read the statute to prove his point.

Lehman's win gives the Democrats a 17-16 majority in the upper chamber. That majority may be short-lived because half of the Senate membership is up for election in November. The Senate is not expected to convene until January.

James R Hoffa July 11, 2012 at 11:01 PM
The City of Racine is just one excuse after another as to why they can't follow state election law. I used to take pride in the City of Racine, giving all of my out-of-town guests a tour whenever they came to visit. The City has turned into a giant joke that I'm now embarrassed of! Thanks a lot liberals, for ruining what used to be a great place to live and raise a family!
James R Hoffa July 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Not a single Democrat was willing to sign on to that letter? Yeah, they really want to work together to do what's right for the people, don't they? The DPW is also a laughing stock at this point! The PEOPLE are PISSED - get ready for another red wave in November!
Tuco July 12, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I too would have liked to see a democrat sign on but unfortunatly partisan politics is at its apex in the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly. I still say a bottle of indelible ink at each polling place. Dip the finger, you voted! Seriously, get rid of same day registration, picture ID--legitimate governemnt issued with name, address and picture.
Guy Eaton July 12, 2012 at 05:56 PM
If ANYONE believes the liberals won this without cheating (voter fraud) then you are seriously naieve. It sends a clear message to all liberals that victory is merely a deadmans vote. It also paints each and every liberal as a scoundrel that cannot be trusted. The sins of this election fall to each and every liberal that did not stand up and say this is a fraud and I will not be included in its purpose.
Guy Eaton July 12, 2012 at 05:57 PM
ROMNEY 2012
morninmist July 12, 2012 at 07:43 PM
The WI Tea-Republicans should clean their own house! http://democurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2011/07/waukeshas-republican-county-clerk.html Saturday, July 16, 2011 Waukesha’s Republican County Clerk Nicholaus Screws up Again!!! See, Government can’t do anything right…When they’re in Charge!! Voters continue to elect politicians who hate their jobs. Republicans hate their jobs so much that just doing their job is an example of government overreach. And for someone who would have lost their job long ago in the private sector, Kathy Nicholaus’ political pass for making costly taxpayer mistakes, may have finally expired. May have, because you never know how conservative county supervisors will react to disciplining one of their own. The Patch: Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus – already under investigation for a snafu in reporting votes in the state Supreme Court election – is coming under fire from county leaders again after an error made by her staff nearly cost the county $1 million. The latest controversy surrounds a crucial letter that Waste Management Inc. sent to Nickolaus’ office in May regarding the expansion of a landfill the company operates in Menomonee Falls. The letter notifying the county of the expansion should have prompted the County Board to take action to join a local committee … By joining the committee, the county also will receive $1 million from Waste Management over the next decade....
James R Hoffa July 12, 2012 at 08:02 PM
@morninmist - A year old attack against Kathy Nickolaus - that's the best you've got. Lest you forget, an independent outside prosecutor assigned by the GAB cleared Nickolaus of any wrong doing. And the irregularities that came from the City of Racine were 10 times worse than anything that was witnessed in the Waukesha County recount. Get real!
morninmist July 12, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Here yah go Hoff Just another one of her screwups:-- http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2012/07/shes-not-talking-unacceptable-from.html
morninmist July 12, 2012 at 08:19 PM
and if you prefer the M Journal article: http://www.jsonline.com/news/waukesha/nickolaus-changed-software-program-before-april-election-breakdown-vl62uqt-162003205.html
James R Hoffa July 12, 2012 at 08:22 PM
@misty - And you continue to double down on Nickolaus. Thanks for proving my point!
morninmist July 13, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Broad brushing all liberals as scoundrels only makes you come across as a crazy Tea Party extremist! And where is your prove for 'voter fraud"--you know the actual folks who cast the ballots?!! Guy--the name caller and blamer without any evidence.

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