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Joanne Kloppenberg, Wisconsin State Supreme Court candidate, ask for a recount of questionable results

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District Court Judge Joanne Kloppenberg (D)
will seek recount in Wisconsin Supreme Court
race against Justice David Prosser (R).
(Madison, Wisconsin)-Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg (D) campaign announced on April 20th, that she intends to seek a recount in her election against Justice David Prosser (R).

Refusing to concede defeat, Kloppenburg asked election officials Wednesday for a statewide recount in questionable flip-flop of over 7000 votes for Prosser, after she lead the day after the April 5th election, by about 200 votes.

Waukesha Conservative County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus (R) announced on April 7th, that she "found" the huge amount of votes for incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge David Prosser (R). Nickolaus noted David Prosser gained 7,582 votes, ironically slightly over the official state recall margin, in Waukesha after she made a major counting error of Brookfield city results.

Nickolaus, a former employee of Prosser when he served in the Wisconsin State Assemby, counting actions have been of question within the past year. Questions have arisen on how she collects and maintains results, by election data collection and storage system off the county's computer network, on a stand-alone personal computer accessible only in her office.
Final county tallies, completed within last week showed Prosser held a 7,316-vote lead Kloppenburg. With the official vote count, the margin is within one-half of 1 percent of the total votes cast, entitling Kloppenburg to a statewide recount at local governments' expense.

Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that it is moving forward with a statewide recount at Kloppenburg's request. The recount process will begin, starting next week.
"We have been preparing for a recount since Election Night," Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel for GAB, said in the statement to Channel 3000 News.

Justice Prosser's campaign, questioning the need for a recount, pressured Kloppenberg not to seek a recount. They recite there was no way the Kloppenberg campaign would find 7,000 votes and a recount would be costly for taxpayers. Prosser's attorney has promised to challenge any recount request.

Judge Kloppenburg went into the campaign as a heavy underdog against Prosser, a 12-year court veteran and former GOP legislator. She received strong support in Wisconsin after her supporters and pro-labor forces redefined the race as a voters’ referendum against Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Walker's contentious collective bargaining law. It is believed that a Kloppenburg win would tilt the court to the left and set the stage for the justices to strike down the law.

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