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Recount begins in 32nd Assembly race

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Darryl Enriquez
Kevin Hoffman
September 22, 2010
— A day of heated accusations and animosity among Walworth County Republicans subsided when the top vote-getter in the 32nd Assembly District primary election signed the needed petition to allow a recount to go forward.
Latest: August picks up one vote on Gibbs in Kenosha County recount

Verbal barbs of Adam Gibbs allegedly dodging sheriff’s deputies and of his opponent, Tyler August, filing a faulty election document were splattered across the political landscape.


County Clerk Kim Bushey said she would begin the recount at 9 a.m. today.


August, the 1st Congressional Disrict chairman, lost to Gibbs by a slim four-vote margin in the Sept. 14 primary. On Monday, August filed paperwork for a recount.


But before a recount can begin, candidates must be served notices of the recount.


Walworth County Sheriff Dave Graves said Tuesday his office tried to serve Gibbs at his Lyons Township home twice Monday and three times Tuesday. Gibbs lives with his parents at the Lyons home.


Gibbs’ father, Michael, a retired Walworth County judge, said his son was in Madison working on campaign matters. But Adam Gibbs was in Walworth County at some point Monday, as village of Walworth police said he was cited for speeding there just before 4 p.m.


Regardless, the state elections authority said it couldn’t locate Gibbs, putting the recount in the Republican primary on hold. Michael Gibbs reportedly had a couple of heated exchanges with the elections board about trying to locate his son and the validity of the document that launches a recount.


Elections law requires all six candidates in the 32nd Assembly race be notified the day before a recount. Reid Magney, a spokesperson for the Government Accountability Board, said Tuesday that Adam Gibbs was the only one who had not been served.


Michael Gibbs said he had concerns about the county canvassing board that certified the ballots.


“This is a big crisis here, but this isn’t an Adam Gibbs crisis,” he said. “Any crisis in time or hassle is created by Tyler August. He doesn’t care that he’s damaging the party’s chances in November. He’s just doing what Tyler August wants.”


Michael Gibbs said all three members of the canvassing board either had ties to August’s campaign or openly supported him. August said Gibbs’ camp is intentionally prolonging the recount by making an issue out of nothing.


Wisconsin’s county clerks are expected to certify votes and, if necessary, recount them by Monday.


A federal court order requires ballots be mailed to overseas voters by Oct. 1.


“(His dad) was there this morning so obviously they knew about the recount,” August said. “It really seems like they are trying to use a technicality to run out the clock on this. This isn’t a game. The voters are trying to chose who they want to represent them in Madison.”


Gibbs beat August 1,761 votes to 1,757 in the Republican primary.



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