Post-election open thread

So let’s talk about the results of yesterday’s elections.

What do you think?

18 comments to Post-election open thread

  • anyone know what the Milwaukee 12 wards might bring

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  • I am curious as to how many of Judge Colon’s supporters also voted for Justice Prosser since he supported him? Since JoAnne Kloppenburg is currently losing by 400 or so, it would not take too many to sway the race.

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  • Donny

    Channel 12 said Milwaukee city is all in, it is Cudhy and St Francis and they went to prosser :(

    I think the negative ads hurt both of them, but us more.

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  • mark

    Democrat or Republican, I applaud everyone who went to the polls and voted. It is a tremendous responsibility we have, and we should never lose sight of that. And win or lose, we also won’t see gun battles in the street.

    However, I find it incredibly sad that it took a highly publicized race such as this to “crack” 33 percent of those eligible to vote. That means two-thirds of the voting population did not take the time, or effort, to go to the polls.

    Will the close Supreme Court election finally drive home the point THAT EVERY VOTE COUNTS?

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    • JCG

      Will the close Supreme Court election finally drive home the point THAT EVERY VOTE COUNTS?

      I’m sure it’ll finally drive home the point as much as WI’s closest-in-the-nation 2000 Presidential election did!

      But snark aside, although 33% sucks if that’s the number, WI is statistically one of the best turnout states in the country across all elections. So considering that, rest assured few other states could draw anywhere close to 33% turnout for a spring off-year election. Not that that’s not simply damning us with faint praise…just sayin.

      I also take responsibility as an activist for low turnout, as should we all. Most people just don’t see these things as affecting them. It’s our jobs as people who do see it to show them.

      Personally, I advocate doing away with spring elections entirely, especially the off-year ones. Put them all on the fall, higher turnout ballots and force people to at least think a little more about these local and lower-profile statewide races (not to mention save some money for muni’s on the cost of running all of these separate elections).

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      • Ed Heinzelman

        Having run from last October up to the February primary for school board…I 100% concur that the off year spring elections should be moved to at least the even year spring elections at minimum and to the fall elections would even be better. Gathering signatures in December is NO FUN!

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        • Yeah, I’m in agreement with the idea of moving spring elections to the fall, mostly because it makes good fiscal sense. Elections are expensive, and I fail to understand why we can’t just have all our elections on one day.

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        • JCG

          Another good reason! Although…canvasing in freezing weather does tend to get an extra few “sympathy doors” as I refer to them.

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      • JCG

        Does anyone know if spring elections are constitutionally mandated, or if they could be moved with simple legislation (referring to both state-wides and locals, so possibly 2 separate questions)? Only argument I’ve ever heard in favor of spring races is that they’d get buried in the noise of the big-ticket fall ballots, but geez, not sure if that’s any worse than being buried in the noise of DWTS/Idol sweeps week as they are now!

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    • I agree with moving spring elections to the fall JCG

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  • T.

    What was up with Waukesha County for a bit? I remember early on it’s precincts reporting were super low but they put in a lot of votes, at first I assumed it was just big precincts — and the vote total did not change or budge. It seemed like when Kloppenburg went into the lead as well, something came from Waukesha again each time. Now I would like to believe everyone in Waukesha County went out and voted, but the population was far from the average spring election that they were describing according to news and many people I know down there. The results from Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington County all seemed pretty absurd – with the reports conflicting.

    230,000? From Waukesha? I can believe, no problem at all. However the problem here is that the population of Waukesha County is only 380,000, and a sizeable chunk of those are under 18 not near voting age.

    OBAMA/BIDEN (DEM). . . . . . . . 85,339 – 36.64
    MCCAIN/PALIN (REP) . . . . . . . 145,152 – 62.32
    TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230,491

    Impressive, because Waukesha stayed very red and was motivated to beat Obama.

    BARRETT(DEM). . . . . . . . 52,222 – 28
    WALKER (REP) . . . . . . . 133,274 – 71.4
    TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185,496

    Still an extremely impressive turn out while slightly lower. There is one problem however. The reports as I said above. 320,000 is simply not possible especially if they did not come out for the most important races.

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  • T.

    Precincts 34-35 of West Allis have no results yet on county website. These are the empty West Milwaukee precincts. The math says In 2010, there were 0 votes in 34, and ~200 in 35 (+40 Walker).

    Lake Mills, counted votes P+2, only 24 absentee ballots left to count.

    Kloppenburg won. There is no way for them to come back without seriously shady things.

    I’m going to puke in my oatmeal right now. Holy shit.

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  • I don’t think I can recall any statewide election I’ve ever heard of being this close.

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