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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

 1:08 PM 

GAB posts statement on ballot bags

As JoAnne Kloppenburg’s campaign continues to raise concerns about the condition of ballot bags pulled out for the ongoing recount, the GAB says a hole in the bag or missing security tag “is not enough evidence alone to discard the ballots inside.”

“The ability to put a hand into a ballot bag is not by itself evidence of fraud,” the statement reads.

Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney said the statement, which was posted Friday, wasn't meant to address concerns raised by the Kloppenburg campaign. Rather, the agency had received several inquests from bloggers and decided to address the issue at the site.

Waukesha County continues its second count of ballots with a May 26 deadline to finish the work.

Kloppenburg campaign manager Melissa Mulliken said Monday anytime a ballot bag isn't properly sealed, it begs the question why, and reasonable people should be concerned any time “bag after bag” in a recount was not properly handled.

She declined to say whether the campaign was preparing for a lawsuit to challenge any results from the recount.

“As I have carefully said and always said, we are going to wait until we see the record of all counties,” Mulliken said.

David Prosser’s campaign director Brian Nemoir said the GAB state is “a clear and strong statement as to the value our state places on the ballot to make sure every legally cast vote is counted.”

-- By JR Ross

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