RACINE, Wis. (WSAU) - It will be a month ago on Thursday when the recall elections took place that supposedly gave Democrats control of the Wisconsin Senate. But Democrats are still waiting to get their power, as the lone incumbent who was recalled – Racine Republican Van Wanggaard – is still putting the results in doubt.
Until a winner’s declared, the make-up of the Senate will remain split with 16 Democrats and 16 Republicans. Democrat John Lehman won the Election Night tally by 779 votes, the official canvass by 834 votes, and a just-completed recount by 819 votes out of 72-thousand cast. But Wanggaard is still thinking about challenging the results in court, claiming that up to 200 voters did not sign in at the polls as required, and election officials illegally pre-signed absentee ballots before they were filled in.
Now, Wanggaard’s attorneys say up to 168 blank ballots had poll workers’ initials on them – and it appeared that ballot bags were tampered with. Wanggaard calls it “suspicious activity,” and he has a week to decide if he wants to take the matters to court. But Lehman said they’re nothing but “minor clerical irregularities,” and to call it voter fraud is quote, “an insult to the people of Racine and the election clerks.” And Lehman accused the G-O-P of quote, “making mountains out of molehills.”