— A recount that did not include 110 missing ballots
flipped the results in a Democratic primary for a state
Senate seat in southwestern Wisconsin, the candidates
Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1qNAR5P
) reported Friday that the recount in Senate District 17
ended with Spring Green attorney Pat Bomhack ahead of
Ernie Wittwer by 33 votes. Wittwer is a former state
Department of Transportation budget director.
Government Accountability Board, which oversees Wisconsin
elections, has not yet posted the recount results. But the
candidates said the recount in the last outstanding county
ended Thursday evening with Bomhack ahead.
results certified by county boards of canvassers last week
showed Wittwer ahead by seven votes.
requested the recount, which revealed that 110 ballots had
disappeared in Monroe. Monroe City Clerk Carol Stamm said
a poll worker likely mixed the marked ballots with some
that weren't used, and both were destroyed following the
investigation also left open the possibility that the
ballots had been taken by an unidentified man spotted at
the polling place after it closed. Monroe police are
looking into whether a theft occurred.
County canvassing board certified recount results
Wednesday that included only the remaining ballots,
rejecting a suggestion that it use election night totals
decision did not determine the outcome of the recount. If
election night totals had been used, Bomhack would still
have won by three votes, Wittwer said.
glad the mistake in Monroe did not decide the
election," he said.
added, the lost ballots and other problems, including an
open ballot bag found in Juneau County and the mishandling
of absentee ballots in other areas before the recount,
left him dumbfounded.
befuddled by the irregularities, Monroe was just the
biggest," Wittwer said. "It has undermined my
confidence in the electoral process."
said the primary shows "the need for greater
protections to safeguard the vote."
board certifies Bomhack as the winner, he will face Rep.
Howard Marklein, a Spring Green Republican, in the general
election on Nov. 4.