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Rep. Baldwin asks for federal investigation into Wisc. Supreme Court election

• David Edwards via The Raw Story

Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D) is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to begin an investigation into the handling of votes cast in the state's Waukesha County.

Republican county clerk Kathy Nickolaus claimed last week that she had found thousands of unreported votes, which gave incumbent David Prosser a more than 7,000 vote lead over JoAnne Kloppenburg.

"Following this week’s election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, numerous constituents have contacted me expressing serious doubt that this election was a free and fair one," Baldwin wrote in her letter to Holder. "They fear, as I do, that political interests are manipulating the results."

"To ensure that the April 5th election for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice is free, fair, and transparent, and to uphold faith in our democracy for ourselves and future generations, I ask for your immediate assistance in investigating these election inconsistencies in Wisconsin. Specifically, I urge you to immediately assign the Justice Department Public Integrity Section, which oversees the federal prosecution of election crimes, to investigate the questionable handling of vote records in Waukesha County, Wisconsin," she concluded.

Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle told Green Bay Press Gazette over the weekend that the department would review Baldwin's request.

Nickolaus, a Republican activist, had faced heavy criticism previously for keeping election results on an antiquated personal computer.

She blamed "human error" Thursday night after revealing the votes that gave Prosser the lead.

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