Now, to start with I would like to say that I dislike the idea of electing judges (or more specifically having to re-elect them). If anything might give an example as to why, we only need to look at Wisconsin.
The Kloppenburg/Prosser election is, you just know it, going to become a huge pile of fraud and litigation. Kloppenburg currently leads with 204 votes, with supposedly 500 ballots being found in a precinct that went 73% for Prosser.
Look, the Franken election went the exact same way – boxes and boxes of ballots were found in fucking car trunks, for fuck’s sake.
There are reports of ballots being shredded, students voting multiple times, and then there’s the fun WI law where you can register to vote the day of the election and you’re eligible to vote after a mere 10 days’ residence. Let that one sink in – stay there for ten days and show a couple of bills (I would suggest an VoIP phone bill and cell phone bill, personally), and you’re good to go.
Thankfully, the Wisconsin Attorney General is a Republican, so people who commit voter fraud might actually get prosecuted (though the SoS is a Dem, so no telling how much cooperation there will be).
Every person who voted twice needs to be prosecuted, every report of destroyed ballots need to be investigated like it was an attempt on the life of a US President, and any attempt at stone-walling or impeding efforts to prevent the stealing of an election needs to find the person sitting the fuck in jail.
No mistake, this is going to be long and dirty.
And don’t even think about what happens if litigation ends up in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court…
Update: With some votes still being counted, the totals have swung so Prosser has a very, very slim lead (double digits).
If you care to watch a man slowly go mad with rage and desperation, I highly recommend the twitter feed of one Michael Moore.
Kloppenburg has already declared victory! Repubs in WI r behaving like sore losers. Now they’ve hired Bush lawyer from FL 2000 recount.
I think I have a Shadenboner…