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Friday, May 6, 2011

 4:19 PM 

GAB says all counties, except Waukesha, will finish Supreme Court recount Monday

The Government Accountability Board announced today that all counties except Waukesha are expected to complete recounts of the state Supreme Court election by the statutory deadline of 5 p.m. Monday.

"Waukesha County’s recount is taking longer than expected, and we will seek a court extension of the deadline on Monday morning," said GAB director and general counsel Kevin Kennedy. "At this time, it is too early to say how much additional time Waukesha County will need."

UPDATE: 6:44 p.m. -- JoAnne Kloppenburg's campaign said the additional time for Waukesha County is warranted considering the issues uncovered there, while David Prosser's campaign said it hopes the extra scrutiny will ease his opponent's concerns so "we can move on."

Melissa Mulliken, Kloppenburg's campaign manager, said there continue to be issues in Waukesha County with how the ballots were treated after the initial count, particularly ballot bags that weren't properly sealed to prevent any tampering.

"They have had a number of issues there that have slowed down the recount, and the retired judge who’s presiding over that recount is creating a very thorough record of what’s going on," she said. "Obviously, we think and I think the people of Wisconsin would think they ought to do this recount thoroughly and if they need more time, they need more time."

Added Brian Nemoir, Prosser's campaign director: "The recount in Waukesha has progressed slower than expected, and it would be our hope that the extraordinary attention to detail eases any concerns our opponent may have, and we can move on.

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