A candidate for sheriff of Wisconsin’s La Crosse County is blaming his loss within the Nov. 8 election on pupil voters who usually are not everlasting county residents, WEAU Information reported.
After dropping to Democrat John Siegel by fewer than 200 votes, Republican Fritz Leinfelder referred to as for a recount, which Wisconsin regulation permits in any case the place the result depends on a margin of victory of 1 p.c or much less. The preliminary outcomes had been upheld within the recount, however Leinfelder filed one other objection, this time claiming that 1,215 votes must be discounted as a result of they weren’t solid by “everlasting residents” of La Crosse County.
On the record of voters Leinfelder offered to the La Crosse County clerk in his objection, all however 26 had been registered for courses on the College of Wisconsin at La Crosse this fall; the opposite 26 listed a UW La Crosse residence corridor as their dwelling tackle. Many of the pupil voters’ everlasting addresses had been in one other county in Wisconsin, and 122 had everlasting addresses exterior the state, WEAU Information reported.
In keeping with the affidavit outlining his objection, Leinfelder argued that the voters’ addresses don’t meet the authorized necessities for residency and that the aim of faculty housing isn’t to determine “everlasting residency.”
“I don’t imagine that any individual that’s a brief resident of La Crosse, that’s solely related by the varsity, ought to have the proper right here to vote in our native elections,” he mentioned.
County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer responded to Leinfelder’s objection by saying that it ought to have been filed on Election Day, not after a recount, and that Wisconsin regulation makes specific provisions for pupil voters, permitting them to vote in state elections so long as they’ve resided in a ward for no less than 28 days.
“State regulation acknowledges that faculty college students could transfer often, and gives particular exceptions for them,” Dankmeyer wrote. “Pupil standing shall not be a consideration in figuring out residence for the aim of building voter eligibility.”
Lower than a day after submitting the objection, Leinfelder conceded the race, saying that whereas he stands by his objection, he wouldn’t undergo with a lawsuit.