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Challenge to 2022 election for sheriff dismissed in La Crosse County court



A La Crosse County election from last fall has now been settled at last, in court.

Judge Elliott Levine has dismissed a legal challenge of a recount for county sheriff, following a motion hearing held in August. Voter Mary Jo Werner had filed suit challenging how the recount was conducted, but the judge said Werner did not have legal standing to file the suit.

The challenge also questioned whether college students who don’t live full-time in La Crosse County should be allowed to vote on local races.

Siegel (left), Leinfelder

John Siegel won the sheriff’s election over Fritz Leinfelder by 176 votes, and only one vote was changed as a result of the recount, which was conducted more than a week after the November election.

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. Carol Herlitzka

    September 28, 2023 at 8:01 am

    Just like the presidential election. Cheat, cheat, cheat. Get your heads out of your ass!

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