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|Wisconsin Court of Appeals District IV|
|Preceded by:||Margaret Vergeront|
|Past position:||Wisconsin Department of Justice|
|Born:||September 5, 1953|
|Law School:||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|Candidate for:||Wisconsin Supreme Court|
|Election information 2011:|
|Primary date:||February 15, 2011|
|Election date:||April 5, 2011|
|Candidate for:||Court of Appeals District IV|
|Election information 2012:|
|Election date:||April 3, 2012|
- See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2012
- See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
Kloppenburg ran for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the Spring 2011 election, held on April 5, 2011. Her opponent was incumbent David Prosser. In the primary election, Kloppenburg won 25.2% of the vote, coming in second out of four candidates.
She said she was "running because people asked me to and there's a sense among a lot of folks in the state that the court has been losing people's confidence and its independence and impartiality, and that I would run a campaign and be the kind of justice that would restore that confidence."
- April 6, 2011: Kloppenburg declared victory. Her campaign issued the following statement:
|“||We owe Justice Prosser our gratitude for his more than 30 years of public service. Wisconsin voters have spoken and I am grateful for, and humbled by, their confidence and trust. I will be independent and impartial and I will decide cases based on the facts and the law. As I have traveled the State, people tell me they believe partisan politics do not belong in our Courts. I look forward to bringing new blood to the Supreme Court and focusing my energy on the important work Wisconsin residents elect Supreme Court justices to do.||”|
—JoAnne Kloppenburg campaign, 2011
- April 7, 2011: Early in the day, Kloppenburg was ahead by 311 votes, with five precincts still outstanding. Her lead was only .02% of the total vote. As votes continued to be collected, her lead lessened to 204 votes.
Later, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus revealed that, due to human error, she had failed to include 14,315 votes from the City of Brookfield in her unofficial vote tally. With those and some other smaller errors in unofficial vote reports, Prosser gained a 7,582 lead.
- April 11, 2011: The Democratic canvasser who had worked the Waukesha County ballot canvass and was quoted as saying, "We went over everything and made sure all the numbers jibed up and they did. Those numbers jibed up, and we're satisfied they're correct." These revelations seem to cast doubt on the notion that it was "human error" that led to the recovery of 14,315 votes from the City of Brookfield. 
- To learn more about the recount process in Wisconsin, read: The Morning After: If the results are close, what happens next in Wisconsin?
- April 15, 2011: The statewide vote canvass was completed. It showed Prosser as the race's victor, with 7,316 votes over Kloppenburg.
The Prosser campaign declared victory with the following statement:
|“||Today, the will of the electorate is clear with the last canvas now completed and Justice David Prosser re-elected to another 10 year term to the Supreme Court. Justice Prosser extends his appreciation and respect to Joanne Kloppenburg and her spirited campaign. With certified results in‐hand, Justice Prosser hopes that a shared respect for the judiciary allows the campaign to move to a positive conclusion. Justice Prosser looks forward to thanking the voters of Wisconsin and is expected make a public address in the near‐future.||”|
—Justice Prosser campaign, 2011
- April 20, 2011: Kloppenburg requested a recount of the votes, citing "widespread anomalies". The state was required to pay for the costs associated with the recount, since the margin between the two candidates was less than half of a percent.
- May 20, 2011: A recount concluded that Prosser defeated Kloppenburg by 7,006 votes.
- See: Green Bay Press Gazette "Guest column: Imperative to have elections free of big money, impartial justices," February 10, 2011
- And: Baraboo News Republic, "Wisconisn Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg points to impartiality," March 21, 2011
Kloppenburg, along with primary candidate Joel Winnig and incumbent David T. Prosser, received public financing for their 2011 election campaigns under a recently enacted Wisconsin law. The forth primary candidate, Marla J. Stephens, declined to seek public financing.
Allegations of partisanship
- See also: Nonpartisan election of judges
Although judicial elections in Wisconsin are nonpartisan, both Prosser and opponent Kloppenburg accused the other of political leanings. Prosser suggested, "There are some people who support my opponent who want the court involved in legislative reapportionment." Kloppenburg stated, "Justice Prosser has sent a clear message that he will favor the agenda of Gov. Walker and the Republican Legislature. I will apply the law to the facts of the cases before me and decide them without prejudice." Prosser contended that he was "not a rubber stamp for the governor."
- The Wausau Daily Herald endorsed both Prosser and Kloppenburg for the primary.
- Former Democratic Governor Patrick J. Lucey has withdrawn support for Prosser and is backing Kloppenburg as of March 31, 2011.
- The Capitol Times endorsed Kloppenburg for the general election.
- Progressive lobbying organization the Greater Wisconsin Committee ran ads criticizing Prosser. 
Kloppenburg and Prosser had several debates scheduled before the election.
- Tuesday, March 22 at noon, at the Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton St., Madison. Sponsored by the Dane County Bar Association Forum.
- Wednesday, March 23 at noon, at the Inn on the Park, 22 S. Carroll St., Madison. Sponsored by the Madison Downtown Rotary Forum.
- Friday, March 25 at 7pm, on Wisconsin Public Television & Wisconsin Public Radio. Sponsored by We the People.
- Monday, March 28 at 7pm, at the State Bar Center, 5302 East Park Blvd., Madison. Sponsored by the Wisconsin State Bar Association Forum. Tickets are required to attend this debate which will also be broadcast live online by the State Bar.
- Courtroom Weekly: Appeals court rules county's grievance policy violates state statute, December 12, 2013
- News: Recount concludes Prosser won election, May 23, 2011
- Supreme Weekly: Elections past and future, April 21, 2011
- News: Kloppenburg seeks statewide recount, April 21, 2011
- News: Incumbent emerges as winner in Wisconsin Supreme Court race, April 15, 2011
- News: Upheaval in Wisconsin Supreme Court election results, April 9, 2011
- News: The Morning After: If the results are close, what happens next in Wisconsin?, April 6, 2011
- News: The Morning After: Wisconsin Supreme Court election still not decided, April 6, 2011
- News: Kloppenburg will not challenge recount results, May 31, 2011
- News: Supreme Weekly: Tensions mounting in the states, March 24, 2011
- Kloppenburg Campaign Website (timed out)
- Kloppenburg Facebook page
- Kloppenburg Campaign "JoAnne Kloppenburg announces run for Wisconsin Supreme Court," December 7, 2010
- Blogging Blue "“Impartial” Justice Prosser promises to be complement to Republicans," December 10, 2010
- La Crosse Tribune, "Kloppenburg running for appeals court opening," September 9, 2011
- Martindale.com, "JoAnne Kloppenburg - Lawyer Profile"
- Post Crescent "Four vie for seat on Wisconsin Supreme Court," February 6, 2011
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board: 2012 Spring Election Candidates
- The Washington Examiner, "Unofficial results for Wis. Supreme Court Primary," February 15, 2011
- Kloppenburg Press Release "JoAnne Kloppenburg Elected to Wisconsin Supreme Court," April 6, 2011 (timed out)
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Bloomberg Business Week, "Split over union law reaches Wis. supreme court race," April 7, 2011
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:All Politics Blog, "Kloppenburg declares victory," April 6, 2011
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Corrected Brookfield tally puts Prosser ahead after 7,500-vote gain," April 7, 2011
- Waukesha County Democratic Party "Statement & Account of Ramona Kitzinger, Waukesha Board of Canvassers member since 2004," April 11, 2011
- Wall Street Journal "More Controversy Clouds Wisconsin Supreme Court Race," April 11, 2011
- Bloomberg Business Week "Voting Fiasco Shows Value of Hitting ‘Save’: Margaret Carlson," April 12, 2011
- Wall Street Journal, "Incumbent Wins Wisconsin Supreme Court Race," April 15, 2011
- Prosser Campaign, Statement Regarding his Election Victory," April 15, 2011
- Associated Press "Wis. court challenger will seek statewide recount," April 20, 2011 (dead link)
- Associated Press "Canvass shows conservative wins Wis. court race," April 15, 2011
- The New York Times, "Wisconsin: Recount Favors Conservative Justice," May 20, 2011
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Three Supreme Court candidates will get public funding," January 13, 2011
- Waukesha Patch, "Supreme Court Candidates Get Political in Waukesha Forum," March 10, 2011
- Beloit Daily News, "David Prosser aims for re-election," March 18, 2011
- Wausau Daily Herald, "IN THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS We endorse ...," February 7, 2011
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lucey resigns as honorary co-chair of Prosser campaign," March 31, 2011
- The Capitol Times, "Put independent Kloppenburg on court," March 16, 2011
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel All Politics Blog. "Prosser earns endorsements from former justices," March 22, 2011
- Wisconsin State Journal, "Law puts once-quiet race in election spotlight," March 20, 2011
- State Bar of Wisconsin, "Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates to debate at State Bar Center on March 28," March 8, 2011