From Hot Air:
Meanwhile, the big story of yesterday (or, at least what would have been the big story had it happened in Waukesha County instead of Dane County) was the separation of 97 ballots from a ballot bag in the city of Verona. Summarizing The CapTimes’ story, the discrepancy came about when the Dane County canvassing board discovered, while recounting ballots cast in the city of Verona, there were over 90 fewer ballots present than the number that had been run through the voting machines on Election Day. A search ensued, and the ballots, rubber-banded together, turned up in the office of the Verona city clerk. Despite the loss of the chain of custody on the ballots, precinct stamps and initials established their legitimacy and they were recounted. The once-missing ballots favored Prosser by 30 votes, even though Kloppenburg carried the city of Verona by a pre-recount 2,380-1,204 margin. That irregularity also, according to the CapTimes did not change that pre-recount margin.
From the above-linked Cap Times (who call themselves “Your Progressive Voice”) story:
On Thursday afternoon official “tabulators” were busily counting ballots from the city of Verona when the votes came up more than 90 short of what the electronic readout from the voting machines said they should. That sent Verona officials on a hunt, and a rubber-banded stack of 97 ballots turned up in the office of Verona City Clerk Judy Masarik.
“There’s a table in the clerk’s office, and there was a binder and some other papers on top of the ballots,” said City Administrator Bill Burns, who found the stack.
The statewide recount, requested by challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg after her narrow loss to incumbent David Prosser, has the potential to change the outcome, so the Verona situation caused much consternation. On election night, all the ballots were supposed to be secured in sealed bags, which were then supposed to be signed by local elections officials. The seals were supposed to remain intact.
Burns found the bundle unbagged. They were bagged and he drove them to Madison. The bag had no signatures or initials.
Let’s be perfectly clear here. In a Democrat county, a bag of votes from a 2-1 Kloppenburg town was 97 votes short of what it should have been. Those 97 votes were found on the Verona city clerk’s desk under some other paperwork. The Verona city clerk’s desk, where the votes were 2-1 in favor of the Democrats’ candidate. And anyone and everyone had access. When they were added in to the full count, the tally came up as it was supposed to. But, without them, the tally would have pushed the tally 30 votes in the Democrats’ candidate’s favor.
Was it merely a mistake where people in a Democrat stronghold accidentally violated procedures designed to prevent vote fraud? Or was there something more illegal and fraudulent going on? Of course, since it was in a Democrat stronghold and the “mistake” would have favored the Democrat, there won’t be any serious lamestream media coverage or digging. Had the roles been reversed and this happened in Waukesha County, the media and Democrats and Unions (but I unnecessarily repeat myself redundantly), would be all over this like stink on a turd. But that’s different. It doesn’t fit Teh Narrative.