I won’t rehash all of the nonsense around the 2020 Presidential election in Wisconsin, other than to say, after much wailing and gnashing of teeth and legal wrangling, there was never any evidence of any wrongdoing in Wisconsin. But of course, legends die hard.
And that brings us to the nonpartisan spring elections in Wisconsin. And at the moment, particularly one for Elmbrook School Board where two newcomers were vying for an open seat.
Kurudiyara won 9,847 votes, or 50.1% of the total. Eberhardt wasn’t far behind, claiming 9,799 votes, or 49.8% of the total. Twenty-four votes were cast for a write-in candidate, or a total of 0.1%.
So what happened next? Well given the close margin here Gregg Eberhardt requested a recount. Something that he was certainly entitled to do…but could he do it graciously? Well, no, I guess not:
Eberhardt sought a recount because potential irregularities and illegalities “may have taken place in regard to absentee ballots or legal citizens and district residents,” his recount petition said.sorry but this story is behind a firewall.
Nothing mentioned about what potential irregularities or whatever may have taken place. Just a rude screed and a wild supposition. But of course he got his recount and the result?
After a four-day hand recount of about 20,000 votes — the first ever in the history of the Elmbrook School District — the winner of the Area 3 school board seat will not change.
The recount requested last week by losing candidate Gregg Eberhardt concluded Tuesday with Dr. Preetha Kurudiyara as the top vote-getter.
So why is this significant? Well, once again we have an election loser denying his loss on supposed voting irregularities that in the recount weren’t substantiated or in any way discovered and the result of the election remained unchanged. But in this case there are some other questions about the ethics of the recount…which are unfortunately in the article behind the firewall. But I will quote them below.
And I don’t want to get into the ethics questions that are being brought up here. That’s another story for another time but given these circumstances these questions should help lay to rest any nonsense around Wisconsin elections being anything but fair and square.
So what are the ethical questions around the recount? This gets interesting:
While the board of canvassers in charge of the recount may not have broken any laws, because board clerk Linda Boucher and canvasser Kathy Lim both supported Eberhardt’s campaign, they should have recused themselves from the process, a legal ethics expert said.
The recount was led by board clerk Boucher, who also collected signatures for Eberhardt’s nomination, according to documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel.
Boucher elected fellow Elmbrook School Board member Kathy Lim to help lead the recount. Lim’s public campaign Facebook page has continuously expressed support for Eberhardt and at-large member-elect Sam Hughes.
The board of canvassers decided to hand count the votes rather than use a machine. The choice elongated the process, which also made it more expensive. The recount will cost $40,210 in taxpayer dollars, according to the district.emphasis is mine
So two partisans who supported the losing candidate who requested the recount as was his right…who even went to a hand count…because I assume they didn’t ‘trust’ the voting machines…proved that the original election was true, the count was correct, and loser was the loser just as originally shown.
Can we now stop litigating elections? Can we now stop slandering voting machines? Can we now stop harassing our fellow citizens who take on the responsibility of running elections?
Campaigns get run. Elections get held. And someone eventually wins and others lose. Nothing to see here.