I can’t say I really blame them for trying. Hey, if a Democratic clerk found 7500 votes for Kloppenburg, we’d be screaming bloody murder.
But here, the findings of the Waukesha County Republican election official on April 7 were verified by a Democratic election official, so the conspiracy theory gets off to a bad start. The votes came from the City of Brookfield, which had not been included in the county totals initially.
Putting aside the bad start, the theory being circulated at DailyKos and elsewhere is that Republicans came up with just enough votes to make the election spread greater than 0.5%, which means Kloppenburg would have to pay for a recount. From Kos:
It is NOT a coincidence that Prosser didn’t get +300 votes or +1000, it had to be +7500 or more in order for the fraud to work. +7400 just wouldn’t have been enough.
So if Republicans were targeting the precise number needed to make a recount more expensive for Kloppenburg (as if the unions would not kick in the money), the plan unfolded way too early.
Oh, and one other thing. The City of Brookfield announced its results, and the results were reported at AOL, on April 6, the day before county officials discovered that the county had not included Brookfield in the county totals.
The Kos kids are going to have to do better.