Waukesha County recount chief proceeds carefully

    Retired judge Robert Mawdsley, who’s overseeing the Supreme Court recount in Waukesha County because embattled Clerk Kathy Nickolaus recused herself, compared the process to a long jury trial.
    Mawdsley also said he is taking extra precautions to record everything and follow procedures meticulously.
    “It’s going slowly but it’s definitely a learning process,” he said on the first day of the recount, Wednesday. “We’re all moving along at a pace that I think is careful. We’re making a record here for the GAB; we’re making a record here that could end up in court. The record has to be carefully and thoroughly made.”
    The chief campaign official for David Prosser praised Nickolaus for recusing herself from the recount. Brian Nemoir said the county vote total has already been counted and canvassed, but the move would provide even greater assurances about the legitimacy of the vote.
    JoAnne Kloppenburg’s campaign manager, Melissa Mulliken reiterated a request for an independent investigation of how the vote there was handled.
    Prosser entered the recount with a lead of more than 7,300 votes out of some 1.5 million cast.
    There were some ballots challenged in Milwaukee County on various fronts in the first day of counting.
    "We’ve only reviewed a small amount of ballots," said Judith Mount, the Milwaukee County Election Commission chair. "It appears there will be very little change overall."
    Track the recount in the WisPolitics.com Election Blog: http://elections.wispolitics.com.
    – WisPolitics.com

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