MADISON-Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on Thursday asked the Government Accountability Board to investigate an apparent discrepancy in vote totals in Waukesha County that showed a discrepancy of more than 17,000 votes - in a statewide election decided by 8,859 of more than 2.12 million cast.

The problems bear eerie similarities to the current problems facing the Waukesha County Clerk, who "discovered" some 14,000 ballots well after polls had closed in the tight Supreme Court race.

In his letter Wednesday, Tate referred to the election between Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, and vote totals reported on the Waukesha County Clerk website.

"The apparent pattern of problems arising from the Waukesha County Clerk are undermining the public's confidence in the integrity of our voting procedures," Tate wrote in the letter, attached.