MADISON (WKOW) -- During an interview with WKOW 27 News, state supreme court justice David Prosser called the idea of a federal probe into Waukesha County vote-counting in his race against challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg "preposterous."
Prosser also told WKOW 27 News he would make no declaration of victory, at least until a canvass of all vote totals and certification of votes are submitted by all counties to the state government accountability board.
Prosser's lead over Kloppenburg is just under seven thousand votes. Unofficial vote totals reported by the Associated Press the day after last week's election showed Kloppenburg leading by 204 votes, but the outcome was reversed when Waukesha County clerk Kathy Nickolaus revealed she failed to report the city of Brookfield's more than 14,000 votes in her county's unofficial vote total, blaming her failure to save the data to her work computer.
Prosser's rejection of the idea of a federal inquiry echoed the sentiments of the state's chief elections official Kevin Kennedy, who last week announced his staff members would review Nickolaus' handling of the elections and reporting of results. The results of that review have yet to be released.
But congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) requested a federal probe in a letter to U.S. Attorney Eric Holder. Baldwin said such an investigation would be warranted to assure the public of the integrity of the election process.
During a news briefing Monday, when asked whether any federal efforts would duplicate reviews at the state level, Baldwin stood firm. "Redundancy would be welcome."
Kloppenburg campaign staff members have been reviewing records related to last week's vote in Waukesha County.
The unofficial vote totals released by Nickolaus more than 24 hours after she learned of her mistake showed more than 10,000 votes for Prosser, more than 3,000 votes for Kloppenburg.
Reporter Lisa Sink with the online news service patch.com told WKOW 27 News she staffed election night events at Brookfield city hall and received vote totals from the city clerk about two hours after the polls closed.
Sink said she posted the results on patch.com shortly after midnight Wednesday.
Sink said the vote totals she reported were identical to unofficial vote totals released by Nickolaus Thursday.
The reporting of unofficial vote totals by the Associated Press was based on information from individual county clerks. Nickolaus does not post vote totals of each municipality on her county's website, as is done by most counties.
The Associated Press reported as of noon Monday, 67 of Wisconsin's 72 counties had submitted certified vote totals.
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