Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
I am too busy to blog right now but too excited not to share the news (in case you live under a rock and haven't heard).
Here it is: The City of Brookfield's vote totals were not included in the Waukesha County vote total Tuesday night!
It was a clerical error, not a case of thousands of "found" ballots that were not counted on election day. No, these ballots were counted in Brookfield Tuesday night. That total, however, was not included in Waukesha County's grand total.
Ryan Morgan, blog contributor for Fairly Conservative and a man who clearly has a head for numbers, wrote Prosser lost the election in Waukesha county last night. Sensing something was amiss with Waukesha County's vote totals, he commented this morning, "Well, I have a theory that I want to be true… we really turned out okay and there are missing votes somewhere waiting to be discovered. "
In comment 22 of that post, Ryan gets specific after comparing other city's populations to votes cast to Waukesha's totals: "I could very well end up with egg on my face, but given we’ve already seen that AP can be inaccurate, I am starting to EXPECT that we will soon discover that there are 10,000 to 16,000 more ballots in Waukesha county than what AP has reported." (My emphasis)
And the exact number was 14,315. 10,859 for Prosser and 3,456 for Kloppenberg, netting Prosser a 7,582 gain. (Cindy linked Brookfield's election results in comment 26 on that same posting, so you can see for yourself.)
Now I know I already said this at the beginning, but I am going to repeat it again: THESE ARE NOT NEW BALLOTS THAT WERE NOT COUNTED TUESDAY NIGHT FOUND IN A BROOM CLOSET.
This was a clerical error of Brookfield's totals not being included in Waukesha County's tally. The Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus says she entered our numbers and hit save, but it obviously didn't save. (I can understand this happening. I have been working on an Excel spreadsheet for a personal project for several months now, know I have saved things, only to find them missing later.) Nickolaus' error was that she hadn't double checked the figures with a paper copy Tuesday night.
Nickolaus said she spotted the omission when she was uploading the data into the statewide canvass yesterday (Wednesday). When she opened it, she saw Brookfield's totals as being 0s. They then corrected the error.
She assured the public that there was a Democrat and Republican from the Board of Canvass present for all this. Ramona Kitzinger, the Democrat member of the Canvassing Board, who stood behind Nickolaus during the press conference, then spoke before the press and said, "we went over everything and the numbers jibed up ...we're satisfied they're correct". Watch for yourself.
In response to the suggestion that this type error might have gone unnoticed, Kathy Nickkolaus said they would have caught this as soon as they started the canvass because they take the tape from the polling place and check one by one with the returns.
Other errors were caught from other cities and counties, which is why they check the election results after every election, and why they caution that the results given on Tuesday night are not final. Which makes Kloppenberg's victory speech on an unverified sliver of a win, based on AP totals, all the more ridiculous.
All in all, a pretty amazing error extraordinaire.
P.S. We are not out of the woods just yet; Kloppenberg will no doubt request a recount. But it always good to start 7,000-some ahead. (Remember Minnesota's Franken/Coleman recount: One monster of a Senate race?)
Wow! National Talk Show Host Mark Levin "discusses breaking news regarding the election of Wisconsin Judge David Prosser and how more ballots have been found in support of him. If this holds up, it’s a huge victory for conservatives because the leftists thought they could pay and buy a Judge and they have been proven wrong." Listen Audio Rewind
Check out fellow blogger Randy Melchert's extensive coverage of this development on his blog, including a quote from Mayor Steve Ponto. He took participated in the canvass observations in Dane County. Watch here.