Recall results

Lehman keeps lead in recall, Wanggaard has three days to decide on recount

2012-06-12T11:23:00Z 2013-12-18T13:35:51Z Lehman keeps lead in recall, Wanggaard has three days to decide on recountSTEPHANIE JONES Journal Times

RACINE — The final tally from last Tuesday’s recall election show former state Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, defeated state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, by 834 votes.

The results totaled Tuesday increased Lehman’s lead by 55 votes, but Wanggaard as of Tuesday afternoon had not conceded and had not ruled out a recount, with his campaign manager citing reports of voting irregularities.

The final total was Lehman with 36,351 votes and Wanggaard with 35,517 votes, Racine County Clerk Wendy Christensen read Tuesday after finishing the canvass for the 21st Senate District at the Racine County Courthouse, 730 Wisconsin Ave.

What the campaigns said

Brad Wojciechowski, spokesman for the State Senate Democratic Committee, called for Wanggaard to concede after final election results were read.

Soon after Lehman released a statement that said, “After today’s canvass, we are even more confident in our victory. I look forward to getting to work in Madison and focusing on new jobs for Racine County residents.”

But Justin Phillips, Wanggaard’s campaign manager, said, “We have three days to decide our course of action,” referring to a recount.

He said there were some election irregularities which have been reported in the 21st Senate District. But Phillips didn’t provide specifics. He said, “once we can confirm what irregularities or what perhaps voter fraud took place, we will move forward with those allegations.”

Additionally, Dan Romportl, the executive director of the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate, issued a press release saying the Wanggaard campaign will announce a recount decision by the end of the week, adding “CERS (the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate) and the Wanggaard campaign have no further comment at this time.”

At Wanggaard’s house in West Racine, he had a small note posted on his door saying “Please, no press.”

“It’s Van’s decision now”

Neither Lehman nor Wanggaard were at the courthouse Tuesday for the results. But about 15 observers from both sides watched as Christensen totaled results and two television cameras sat pointed at canvassers during the hour and a half process.

State Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, who represents the Waterford area, was one of the people observing the canvass Tuesday. She serves as the chairwoman of the Senate Transportation and Election Committee and wanted to observe the canvass process. With the balance of the state Senate resting on this race, she also said she was very interested in the results. If Lehman is officially announced the winner, the state Senate will have a 17-16 Democratic majority.

She said if voter ID had been in place she thinks voters would have been able to have more confidence in their votes, without disenfranchising anyone.

But as far as if there should be a recount, Lazich said, “I think it’s Van’s decision now.”

If there is a recount, Wanggaard would have to pay a $5 per ward fee. Since there are approximately 135 wards in the 21st Senate District, he would have to pay about $675.

If there is no recount, Lehman could be sworn in as soon as the Government Accountability Board certifies results, according to Michael Haas, a GAB staff attorney. The date of the GAB certification depends on when all counties get their canvass results in, he said. The GAB must certify results by June 23 at the latest, Haas said, but it could be done by early next week.

Where the vote changes came from

Both candidates added votes to their total in the final count due to absentee ballots and some missed votes at the polls.

In the city of Racine’s Ward 8, a total of 60 votes from the electronic touchscreen originally had not been reported. Counting those gave former state Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, an additional 54 votes and gave state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, an additional six votes, according to numbers read during the canvass.

A voting machine at one poll was also jammed during the election and 23 votes were uncounted on election night, County Clerk Wendy Christensen said. Counting those votes gave Lehman an additional 12 votes and Wanggaard an additional 11 votes, according to canvass results.

After the election, Christensen said there were 578 outstanding absentee ballots that hadn’t arrived by Election Day. But she said only a handful usually come in.

Tuesday Christensen didn’t have a late absentee count. But in the city of Racine there were only 19 late absentee ballots turned in, according to Assistant City Clerk Donna Deuster.

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(38) Comments

  1. An American
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    An American - June 13, 2012 6:20 pm
    Wangaard is so egotistic that he can’t believe he lost. Wah, Wah, but everyone wants me to win. I just can’t believe this happened to me. All I did was simply throw the middle class, my daughters and my fellow unionists under the bus for partisanship. Don’t they love me anymore? Just ask the Racine Police Association.
  2. 2brnt2b
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    2brnt2b - June 13, 2012 6:16 pm
  3. 2brnt2b
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    2brnt2b - June 13, 2012 6:10 pm
    lost pirate?
  4. 2brnt2b
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    2brnt2b - June 13, 2012 6:09 pm
  5. 2brnt2b
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    2brnt2b - June 13, 2012 6:08 pm
    How many people do you think try to vote using someone else's identity?
  6. mt_pleasantly
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    mt_pleasantly - June 13, 2012 4:27 pm
    A blanket pardon by a REPUBLICAN president.
  7. tansandy
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    tansandy - June 13, 2012 3:07 pm
    And what vile claims from Wanggaard are you pertaining too??? Talk about non support!
  8. morninmist
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    morninmist - June 13, 2012 1:04 pm
    ha ha. What a hypocrite you are. It has been the crybaby TeaGOP who have been having temper bouts about recalls and now you call for a recall. ha ha!
  9. Xright
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    Xright - June 13, 2012 9:21 am
  10. tansandy
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    tansandy - June 13, 2012 8:19 am
    hey der cheesehead- I know where I was when the draft dodging coward was in Racine at that time. And can I give you the phone number of the parents of my very best friend that never made it back from "that asinine war in SE Asia " and explain to them your thoughts!!!!!! Lehman was a convicted draft dodger felon and a coward!! The only thing that keeps him from being a convicted felon today, is a blanket pardon by the President. So today he is a pardoned convicted felon, and still a very big coward!!!
  11. tansandy
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    tansandy - June 13, 2012 8:11 am
    I see that the coward Lehman had gained 55 votes. Must be the late absentee ballots coming in from Canada!!!
  12. PaulRyanFourPrez
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    PaulRyanFourPrez - June 13, 2012 7:24 am
    If the shoe were on the other foot, would there be any question that there would be a recount? Of course not. Recall Lehman.....It's what the Democrats would do.
  13. HankScorpio
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    HankScorpio - June 13, 2012 6:30 am
    Wanggaard should congratulate Lehman on the win and announce his candidacy for 2014 immediately. Because Sen 21 voters (new and improved district!) can't get rid of Lefty Lehman fast enough
  14. outoftowner53105
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    outoftowner53105 - June 13, 2012 4:37 am
  15. outoftowner53105
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    outoftowner53105 - June 13, 2012 4:37 am
  16. jaminjoesgarage
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    jaminjoesgarage - June 12, 2012 8:31 pm
    For all you idiots and even the ones who aren't infected with the greed, you're all invited over to my house for some brats. Now I don't have control I desperately need to make some friends. Especially with my impending indictment.
  17. Lionhear
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    Lionhear - June 12, 2012 7:29 pm
    This is why 75% of Wisconsinites want photo voter ID. Oh, and update the voter registration lists ward by ward. A woman in Milwaukee checked the ledger under her address and found 7 people listed as living there that she had never heard of. Just a guess but you might find those 7 in a cemetery or relocated. She has tried to have their names removed from her address for the past 3 elections with no luck.
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    TOP SECRET - June 12, 2012 6:49 pm
    lehman was indeed CONVICTED, (and later pardoned) shouldn't be too hard for
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    TOP SECRET - June 12, 2012 6:43 pm
    wanggard was probably a victim of voter fraud....but at this point, let it soon as VOTER ID is here to stay, the general public will have MORE confidence in the election process....and the "DRAFT DODGER" is a lame duck anyways......this november, the conservatives will have the MAJORITY back, and with the redistricting going into effect, he'll NEVER win that seat, in reality, the "draft dodger" can't really hurt anything......he's just an empty liberal suit, taking up good
  20. Zorro
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    Zorro - June 12, 2012 5:42 pm
    I suppose Wangaarrd can pay for a recount if he wants to, but the margin's big enough to see it isn't going to change.
  21. Hey der how bout dem Packers
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    Hey der how bout dem Packers - June 12, 2012 4:41 pm
    jrunny - I worked with Lehman at St Luke’s Hospital in the early 1970's - he was among a number of Conscientious Objectors to that asinine war in SE Asia who served their time working at St Luke's. I don't recall him ever being convicted of anything other than having the balls to just say no to that war. If you have proof of any "conviction", please share.
  22. Had enough
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    Had enough - June 12, 2012 4:11 pm
    Would be interesting to do a study on how many absentee votes were cast in certain wards compared to the number cast in previous elections.
  23. rationalone
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    rationalone - June 12, 2012 1:49 pm
    Is there a question in this mess? I couldn't fine one. What I found were Conservatives who hadnothing meaningful to say but "emotional name calling or ranting." There is a voting block largely responsible for his recall, teachers and educators. Be ware conservatives, many of the voters were Republican teachers and educators. I know one who voted Republican for years but her daughter is an educatior so this is her first year voting Democrat. It is just a matter of time and the voters will see Walker will not bring about the desired outcomes with his austerity plan that creates high unemployment and few customers. and the taxes will go up to get revenue. Remember this, "I told you so."
  24. jrunny
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    jrunny - June 12, 2012 12:54 pm
    Thorn--you are a fool if you forgot that Lehman will stick it to the Racine county middle class. And guess what no way in heck he will turn back ACT 10. So I guess the joke is on you for electing a CONVICTED DRAFT DODGER
  25. robertearle
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    robertearle - June 12, 2012 12:47 pm
    Not quite.

    Because the margin is above 0.5%, he has to pay, but only part (a small part). If the margin is under 2%, he only has to pay $5 per ward. (I think that means only $300 total.)
  26. jrunny
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    jrunny - June 12, 2012 12:45 pm
    HEY why did you liberal take down my comment? You all must be proud your convicted part-time senator with a expire date of Nov 2014. As for is short term stay in the majority. The senate does not come back until Jan 2013. If he does win the seat. He will be a dem minority and will have no chance in ruining Wisconsin as he did under his master Doyle.
  27. jrunny
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    jrunny - June 12, 2012 12:39 pm
    Not the druggie obama. W
  28. jrunny
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    jrunny - June 12, 2012 12:38 pm
    And Mitt served his prison sentence were?
  29. stephen_wood
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    stephen_wood - June 12, 2012 12:33 pm
    And there's nothing worse than a pro-war draft dodger who protested anti-war protesters, aka Mitt Romney.
  30. Scotsmen3913
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    Scotsmen3913 - June 12, 2012 12:33 pm
    Thank you stephen_wood
  31. Thorn
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    Thorn - June 12, 2012 12:31 pm
    No worries Van...I'm sure your corporate masters have a job lined up for you. That's what a good little backstabbing fascist hypocrite gets as a reward for sticking it to the people he was supposed to represent. In the meantime, your government checks will keep coming.
  32. stephen_wood
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    stephen_wood - June 12, 2012 12:25 pm
    Posting the same comment under different monikers notwithstanding.... Mitt Romney was a draft dodger. Now who are you doing to vote for President?
  33. stephen_wood
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    stephen_wood - June 12, 2012 12:20 pm
    It's not within the margin of 0.5%. Wanggaard would have to pay for it.
  34. An American
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    An American - June 12, 2012 12:16 pm
    Do a recount Van. Maybe there are more votes from the police union and teachers union that would help you -- not.
  35. Xright
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    Xright - June 12, 2012 12:13 pm
    Well either way Lehman is a Lame Duck. Id like to know how many more votes would Scott Walker had gotten if this vote was not compromised….. again. Good thing Voter I.D. will soon be back in order and we will have more accurate counts.
  36. Scotsmen3913
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    Scotsmen3913 - June 12, 2012 12:04 pm
    You know what would have been a good piece of info for this story? Whether the margin is within the number earning a paid recount or if the Wanggaard campaign must pay for it should they proceed. But why would cub reporter ask that? Were the additional 55 votes "found" at the Bryant Center that Blinky Barca was so proud to crow about last week?
  37. stephen_wood
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    stephen_wood - June 12, 2012 12:03 pm
    Wanggaard should definitely do a recount at his own expense, I mean the RNC's expense. It won't change the outcome and the RNC will have spent just a little bit more than they have already in this state losing 3 state senate seat and gaining nothing.
  38. jaminjoesgarage
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    jaminjoesgarage - June 12, 2012 11:57 am
    Van by god do a recount. And when it fails you'll give John Lehman and rest of us the satisfaction of knowing you went to such an extreme to prove it yourself how much of a traitor, loser you truly are.
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