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  • August 21, 2014 - 11:18am

    This morning, the G.A.B. staff held a recount procedures webinar for clerks, candidates and media in the 6th Congressional District.  If anyone missed it, we have posted the video of the webinar here.

    A similar webinar focused on the 87th Assembly District and the 17th State Senate District is scheduled for 2 p.m. today.  Click here to register.

    So far, we have not received recount requests in the 6th Congressional District or the 17th State Senate District.  The only recount request filed is in the 87th Assembly District, and that recount will start on Friday.

    The deadline for a recount request in the 17th State Senate District is 5 p.m. Friday, and the recount would not start until Monday.

    The deadline for a recount request in the 6th Congressional District is 5 p.m. Monday.  The earliest a recount could begin in that district is Monday (if the recount request was made by Aug. 22).

    We will post an update as soon as we know anything more.



  • August 21, 2014 - 11:11am
  • August 20, 2014 - 4:51pm

    Here are Sheboygan County's official canvass numbers, compared to the Associated Press' unofficial Election Night report.  AP does not report write-ins on Election Night.

    Sheboygan Canvass 4,404 189 8,975 1,015 3
    Election Night 4,403 189 8,970 1,019 N/A

    All counties have now reported.


  • August 20, 2014 - 4:43pm

    The Sheboygan County Board of Canvassers has finally completed its canvass, opening the three-business-day window in which Senator Leibham may request a recount.

    Due to the delay, even if we received a recount petition today or Thursday, we will not plan to order the recount to begin on Friday.  Instead, if we receive a recount petition for the 6th Congressional District yet this week, we will issue an order this Saturday for the recount to begin on Monday.

    We are still planning to hold the Recount Planning Webinar for the 6th Congressional District at 9 a.m. Thursday.


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2014 Partisan Primary Canvass -- 6th Congressional District

Candidate Unofficial Results Official Canvass Difference
Glenn Grothman 23,241 23,247 +6
Joe Leibham 23,027 23,028  +1
Duey Stroebel 15,868 15,873  +5
Tom Denow 2,115 2,117  +2
Write-In N/A 30 N/A

Grothman leads Leibham by 219 votes.

More detailed canvass documents will be posted Thursday.

2014 Partisan Primary Canvass -- 17th Senate District

Candidate Unofficial Results Official Canvass Difference
Ernie Wittwer 3,828  3,847  +19
Pat Bomhack 3,826  3,840  +14

Witwer leads Bomhack by 7 votes.  See official canvass statement attached below.

17th_SD_DEM_Canvass_Report_(8.19.14).pdf26.78 KB
17 SD DEM Ward by Ward Report.pdf17.96 KB

2014 Partisan Primary Canvass -- 87th Assembly District

Candidate Unofficial Results Official Canvass Difference
Michael Bub 1,434  1,434  0
Scott Noble 960  960  0
James Edming 1,451  1,451  0
Shirl Labarre 1,338  1,339  +1

All counties have reported.  Edming has a 17-vote lead over Bub.

87th AD REP Canvass Report (8.19.14).pdf26.86 KB
87th AD Ward by Ward Report.pdf11.21 KB

Recount Manual

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June 20, 2012
Procedures to request and conduct a recount for an election or referendum
Recount Manual -- Election Recount Procedures552.75 KB
Recount Plan Final.pdf35.41 KB


The Recount Plan shall be used to supplement the Recount Manual.  This Recount Plan supplements and clarifies certain items of the Government Accountability Board’s manual entitled Election Recount Procedures, dated September 2008 (revised May 20, 2009).  Where the Recount Plan conflicts with the Election Recount Procedures manual, the Recount Plan controls. 

Authenticity of Ballots and Responsibility for Conducting Recounts

Questions about the authenticity of ballots arose during the 2011 Supreme Court recount process due to holes in some ballot bags, gaps in their closure or issues with security tags. A hole in a ballot bag or a missing security tag is not enough evidence alone to discard the ballots inside.  The ability to put a hand into a ballot bag is not by itself evidence of fraud. 

2012 Recall State Senate District 21 Recount Information

State Senate D-21 Election and Recount Results

Candidate Unofficial Recount (certified)
Van H. Wanggaard 35,517  35,539
John Lehman 36,351

2011 Supreme Court Statewide Recount Information

The Government Accountability Board ordered a statewide recount, based on the Kloppenburg campaign's  request, of votes in the April 5, 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court election. The recount is now complete. The Government Accountability Board certified David T. Prosser Jr. as the winning candidate in the April 5, 2011 election for Supreme Court Justice, following a recount of ballots conducted by Boards of Canvassers in Wisconsin’s 72 counties. The Board’s certification notes that Justice Prosser received a total of 752,694 votes and that JoAnne F. Kloppenburg received 745,690 votes, a difference of 7,004 votes, or 0.46%. A total of 1,729 write-in votes were cast for other individuals.

Prior to the recount, Board staff held a teleconference for County Clerks, which is archived on Wisconsin Eye.

The Government Accountability Board, represented by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, filed a legal action in Dane County Circuit Court to establish the ground rules for Optech Eagle tabulating equipment used in the statewide recount of votes in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election.  Attorneys for the G.A.B. and the candidates reached a stipulated agreement to hand-count ballots in parts of 31 counties that use Optech Eagle scanners.

For detailed information about how recounts are conducted in Wisconsin, please consult the Election Recount Procedures Manual.

New! County-by-county page of certified recount results.


Certified 2011 Supreme Court Recount Totals

These are official recount results reported by the County Boards of Canvassers. The results have been certified and signed by the G.A.B.

County By County Spring 2011 Election and Recount.xls34 KB
Ward By Ward Spring 2011 Election and Recount.xls578.5 KB