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Leinfelder asks for recount of close La Crosse County sheriff’s race; canvass planned for Friday

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There will be a recount of the race for La Crosse County sheriff planned for Friday. 

Democrat John Siegel won the race by 175 votes and the request for a new count was filed by Republican Fritz Leinfelder, claiming there were issues with some ballots and voters.

Siegel (left), Leinfelder

Leinfelder’s petition for a recount argues that some ballots were filled out by unqualified voters, and that there were also problems with some absentee ballots. 

Improper registration, lack of voter ID and incorrect marking of ballots are other problems reported in the vote for sheriff. 

The recount involves 13 wards in the city of La Crosse where the outcome was affected by “mistake or fraud,” according to the petition. 

Siegel was declared winner of the election to succeed retiring La Crosse County sheriff Jeff Wolf.   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Lucenut

    November 17, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Our election system is the laughing stock of the free world! It is so corrupt, fraudulent, and designed so there’s no way to reconcile the numbers.
    1. Paper ballots ONLY (no machines)
    2. No mail-in voting
    3. No early voting
    4. No ballot harvesting

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