In the never-ending fallout, controversy, twists, turns, and theatrics that have become synonymous with Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining and budget bills new developments have recently occured.
After the final votes were officially tallied and canvassed in the closely contested Supreme Court race, JoAnne Kloppenburg officially filed for a recount on Wednesday. The official margin of victory for current Supreme Court justice David Prosser was 7,316 votes, just under the threshold of .5%, which under state law allows the defeated candidate to ask for a recount at the expense of the state (the official margin of victory for Prosser is .488%). Objections to the recount have been raised by the Prosser campaign citing that the measure is unnecessary and unfair to taxpayers, while the Kloppenburg camp is requesting that the Government Accountability Board (GAB) appoint a special investigator to look into the practices of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, whose mishandling of the voting night totals sparked a furor over the reliability and accuracy of the county’s voting mechanisms.
Also petitions for recalls have been filed against eight state senators. This includes five Republicans: Alberta Darling, Luther Olsen, Dan Kapanke, Randy Hopper, and Sheila Harsdorf; and three Democrats: Dave Hanson, Jim Holperin, and Robert Wirch. All of the senators are challenging and verifying the validity and authenticity of the petitions and signatures as they are allowed to do under state law. The Republicans currently hold control of the Senate by a count of 19-14.