According to some sources, fraud may have played a role.
The Wall Street Journal sets the stage with an example from 2004:
That backing is based on real evidence. In 2004, John Kerry won Wisconsin over George W. Bush by 11,380 votes out of 2.5 million cast. After allegations of fraud surfaced, the Milwaukee police department's Special Investigative Unit conducted a probe. Its February 2008 report found that from 4,600 to 5,300 more votes were counted in Milwaukee than the number of voters recorded as having cast ballots. Absentee ballots were cast by people living elsewhere; ineligible felons not only voted but worked at the polls; transient college students cast improper votes; and homeless voters possibly voted more than once.
Much of the problem resulted from Wisconsin's same-day voter law, which allows anyone to show up at the polls, register and then cast a ballot. ID requirements are minimal. The report found that in 2004 a total of 1,305 "same day" voters were invalid.
Now we look at today, with the I Stand With Walker Facebook page reporting firsthand fraud:
I Stand with Scott Walker
BREAKING VOTER FRAUD: Poll workers conducting registration on election day, voting, then registering again to vote. High school students registering other high school students under 18. When complained, the poll worker said mind your own business.
It appears that this may have been heaviest in the liberal safehaven of Dane County, where Madison is located. Kloppenburg's margin was over 100,000 more than Prosser. During the count last night the county 'accidentally' added 10,000 additional votes to her total before retracting them.
Further in the thread were reports of other shenanigans:
As Vicki McKenna was saying earlier, I find it interesting/troubling that 100% of Milwaukee County was reported on for the Stone/Abele numbers, but not for the Prosser/Kloppenberg numbers. What the heck is the problem?? She had some interesting callers this morning that make you sit and go "HMMMMM!"
For some more background we have the official day-of registering law from the state of Wisconsin:
3. AT THE POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY: If you wish to register to vote at your polling place, you must bring proof that you have lived at your present location for at least 10 days preceding the election. For purposes of voter registration, acceptable forms of proof of residence must include:
1. A current and complete name, including both the given and family name; and
2. A current and complete residential address, including a numbered street address, if any, and the name of a municipality.
Which leaves the situation open for fraud...
And the Dems are refusing to support a bill that voters have to show ID before voting. To show how this could possible cause "irregularities...."
It's not too difficult to cast a ballot if you live in Superior, voters say.
"I just gave her my name and she looked it up and she gave me my slip,” voter Stephanie Mohr said.
And Dems say this is okay because??
"It's not only expensive, it's unnecessary. And, it is the worst thing in the world to do to our democracy," Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) said.
And there is evidence of voter intimidation as well.
Village of Grafton Police were called to the Grafton Town Hall because election officials were concerned that protesters were too close to the polling place and were not following the rules established by Wisconsin's Election Authority or Government Accountability Board (GAB). Two witnesses confirmed that a Police Officer who reported to address the incident apparently refused to deal with the protesters initially. Jessica Schmidt, Grafton Town Clerk, and another witness heard the officer say, "I used to be a conservative but I’m not anymore." Apparently, this behavior was a result of the recent debate over union rights that has consumed Wisconsin. The officer then walked outside and without addressing the issues presented by the protesters and refused to do his job, allowing the intimidation to continue. The officer’s behavior was apparently upsetting enough that an elderly poll worker was shaking immediately following the incident and needed to be calmed down by a nurse that was present at the polling place.
Evidence of destroyed ballots.
This is not from a reliable source, but comments from the state appear to show significant funny business.
Heard of two different instances of potential voter fraud in action.
First: a friend was at the County Zoo and witnessed the elderly from the Senior Living Center across the street being pushed in their wheelchairs to get on busses. In their hands were pieces of paper. One of the papers blew away, and the name Joanne Kloppenburg was written on it. May not have been fraud, but maybe some of the elderly were senile and being told who to vote for - by having the candidate name written on a slip to refer to.
Secondly, in a Milwaukee neighborhood of a relative, two people came to the door asking who lived there. The woman lived alone, but mentioned the name of her deceased husband. The person on the porch put his name into his palm pilot, thanked her, and left. It dawned on her later what must be going on - getting potential names of voters (whether dead or alive), but too late. The people involved in this activity had gone. No one knows how many names they got to use for voting.
In my voting location, the machine was not accepting ballots first thing in the morning, so the guy was throwing them some place behind the machine. What number did my district turn in? The count on the machine that did not include my vote or did they remember to add those ballots later on when the machine was working?
There's also word that the precincts from Milwaukee reported their other races in well before they announced the Supreme Court numbers, as if there was a delay or that people were waiting for something.
We had an email from a reader that Facebook was blocking this url from being shared on their site. I tried to upload the article about vote shredding myself...and it turns out that it's true.