You’d think that John Lehman could rightfully take his place as a state senator now that a recount has put him ahead of the GOP’s Van Wanggaard by 819 votes. But I forget: this is Wisconsin we’re talking about.
“County Republicans are filing open records requests over at Racine City Hall like mad. They want the names of everyone who registered to vote on Election Day, they want the names of every poll worker, they want the names of every special registration deputy and all emails from the Mayor’s office on anything that had to do with the election. They want the names of any city employee who was called to help out in voter-swamped poll locations.”
Wanggaard has not yet conceded.
In a recent statement he listed problems with open bags and poll books not signed for each vote in the balloting process in Racine and said that “None of these issues would have been discovered if not for the recount.” Funny – Kloppenburg found the same issues in droves in 2011 but learned that “absent connivance, fraud, or undue influence, substantial compliance with the statutory voting procedures is sufficient…”
So what would be the use of Wanggaard dragging this into court? He might try to drag Racine through the mud A.K.A. the court of public opinion. There’s also a bit of mud on the Republicans in this scene, such as GOP harassment that might have kept some Wisconsinites from even getting a vote on June 5 in Racine. Will that matter be dragged into court as well? Or will we learn more in court about illegal coordination of out-of-state “non-partisan” Tea Party observers by Racine-area GOP officials?
Wanggaard has until July 10, the end of the GAB’s certification waiting period, to file any challenge to the recount.