Wisconsin Wave

Uniting Wisconsinites for democracy and shared prosperity

This is an archived version of the Wisconsin Wave website.

<p>Last summer the Wisconsin Wave organized an independent, non-partisan campaign to ensure that the recall elections were free of any kind of fraud or abuse.</p>
<p>We feel this work was crucial because free and fair elections are a basic requirement for a democratic society.&nbsp; But unfortunately we&rsquo;ve seen repeatedly since Florida in 2000 (and as recently as <a href="http://wisconsinwave.org/news/bradblogcom-many-problems-observed-milwauk... target="_blank">Wisconsin in 2011</a>), that efforts to disrupt elections can be extremely effective if there&rsquo;s nothing in place to monitor the situation until after the fact.</p>
<p>To that end the Wave partnered with groups like the Election Defense Alliance to organize election monitoring activities before, during, and after the <a href="http://wisconsinwave.org/news/isthmus-covers-wave-and-edas-election-inte... target="_blank">recall elections this August</a>.&nbsp; In total we mobilized several hundred volunteers and monitored polls in over 25 wards throughout the eight senate districts where recall elections took place.</p>
<p>However, as long as computerized vote tallying machines count our ballots, and as long as voter suppression efforts exist, the fight to defend elections in Wisconsin will continue.&nbsp; This fall the Wave is gearing up to dramatically expand our efforts for the gubernatorial recall, the 2012 elections, and beyond.&nbsp; To make this work a success your support will be crucial.</p>
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Recalls and Recounts

The Wisconsin Wave and other key movement formations of the Wisconsin Uprising continued well beyond 2011, playing critical roles in efforts to safeguard from abuse the re-call elections of state legislators and of Governor Walker. The Wave played a key role in pushing back against efforts the Democratic National Committee to end the recall drive against Scott Walker, and later, in the summer of 2012, organized a mass volunteer hand recount and audit of critical counties and districts in the gubernatorial recall election.

JANESVILLE GAZETTE: Citizens group auditing statewide recall election results—by hand

JANESVILLE — The Rock County Clerk’s Office opened its doors to an unusual request Tuesday.

A group of six concerned citizens wanted to cross-check Rock County’s election results of last month’s gubernatorial recall election—by hand.

The group members, who said they were part of the action group Election Fairness, had filed an open records request July 2 with Rock County and Wisconsin’s 71 other counties.

MJS: Nickolaus changed software before April election breakdown

Sometime after final testing of Waukesha County's election software - but before the April election - County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus mysteriously changed something in her office's computer programming, according to a consulting firm's report released Tuesday.

Only Nickolaus knows what she did. The consultants can't figure it out, and she's not talking.

Reuters: Exit polls put Wisconsin recall at 50-50 dead heat as of poll closing

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The outcome of the Wisconsin recall election on Tuesday was too close to call between Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett as polls closed across the state, broadcast networks said based on exit polls.

UPPITY WISCONSIN: Request for data base tries to cause more chaos in recall process

Republican lawmakers have an unlimited capacity for mischief, especially when it comes to trying to delay the inevitable recall elections coming sooner or later this year.

State Rep. Robin Vos has asked the Government Accountability Board to create an online, searchable data base of everyone who signs a recall petition.

Why? So citizens can search the hundreds of thousands of names looking for mistakes, he says:

MOTHER JONES: Conservatives Plot to Sabotage Scott Walker Recall Effort

A group of self-identified conservatives say they plan to sabotage the effort to recall Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker [1], which begins on Tuesday, by burning and shredding recall petitions they've collected and misleading Wisconsinites about the recall process.