There will be no Battle of the Bulging Ballot Bags.
JoAnne Kloppenburg just announced that she will not file a lawsuit challenging the recount which found her losing to David Prosser by 7004 votes.
As discussed here previously, Kloppenburg had alleged that there were “anomalies” in the election, including torn or open ballot bags.
The “ballot bag security” issue was phony not because there were no tears or openings, but because there was no evidence that this was deliberate or affected the vote at all. The Wisconsin Goverment Accountability Board rejected any suggestion that the election has other than routine, non-material adjustments, and specifically rejected the “ballot bag security” allegations.
There was a lack of reality to Kloppenburg’s position since the vote did not change much from election night to the canvass to the recount.
The supposedly “found” votes in Waukesha were not “found.” The votes were reported by the city of Brookfield on election night, but the Waukesha clerk initially failed to report those votes to the press on election night. The meme that Republicans stole the election was pure fantasy.
Updates: I’ll post the video when available. The short version is that Kloppenburg insists that there were serious anomalies and problems, but that she cannot meet the threshold for a legal challenge. Kloppenburg wants an independent investigation of Waukesha county.
In response to question of whether cost was worth it, Kloppenburg responded: “Of course it was worth it….”
Kloppenburg spent most of the press conference doing what I predicted she would do, delegitimizing Prosser’s victory without actually challenging it.