The Iowa County Board of Canvassers reconvened this morning, Friday, May 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. to correct errors in three reporting units. A total of four ballots (two ballots in one reporting unit, one in each other) were improperly rejected by the canvass board for not having proper initials by the election officials. Ballots may only be rejected if there are either excess ballots to voter numbers cast or if errors are identified during absentee reconciliation. These scenarios did not apply to this situation. The amended certification report may be found on the county-by-county page or certified results and the recount daily updates.
At 11:30 a.m. Friday, Judge Neiss held a status conference on Waukesha County's progress in the recount.
Waukesha County Corporation Counsel Tom Farley said the Board of Canvassers is making significant additional progress on the recount now that it has been moved to a larger room.
Judge Niess had originally extended the recount deadline to May 26. Farley said he now hopes Waukesha County's recount can be completed by Friday, May 20, or by Monday, May 23. He also reported that they are finishing the city of Waukesha, and about 80,000 of the approximately 125,000 votes cast have been recounted so far. He predicted that the speed will increase as the Board of Canvassers recounts larger municipalities, and less downtime occurs between reporting units.
Today's updated spreadsheet with unofficial results has now been posted.
Starting on Tuesday, we will have one update per day since only Waukesha County is still recounting ballots. The spreadsheet should be posted by noon each day.
As of shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, 70 counties are now certified, with one (Sauk) verified (meaning information has been submitted to the G.A.B., but has not yet been certified). Waukesha County is still in process.
As of 1:30 p.m., 68 counties of 72 have been certified. Three -- Adams, Sauk and Winnebago -- are verified (meaning they have been submitted to the G.A.B. but not yet certified). Waukesha County remains in process.
On Monday, May 9, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess ordered an extension in time for Waukesha County to complete its Supreme Court recount until May 26, 2011. A status conference will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 13.
G.A.B. staff will continue to work with Waukesha County officials to identify methods to accelerate the recount process without affecting the transparency, accuracy or the public's confidence in the recount.
G.A.B. staff will not have a noon post today with an updated spreadsheet. Staff is reviewing all the information that came in over the weekend and this morning. Today's update should include information for all counties except Waukesha County, which received an extension this morning.
The recount is complete in 68 of Wisconsin's 72 counties, and 60 of 72 counties have been certified. We expect all but Waukesha County will be complete by the deadline on Monday, May 9.
Earlier this week an issue arose in Waupaca County after the recount discovered votes that were accidentally omitted from the original canvass of the election. In our efforts to explain what happened, we reported information from the county clerk, which we later discovered also contained some errors.
To eliminate any confusion, we are posting excerpts from the official minutes of the Waupaca County Board of Canvassers for the towns of Larrabee and Royalton, where additional votes were discovered. Please click on the attachments below.
Waupaca County Clerk Mary Robbins has provided a more detailed presentation of the changes in numbers from the county's original canvass of the Supreme Court race. Errors caused the Board of Canvassers to miss a significant number of votes from the towns of Larrabee and Royalton.
More than half of the reporting units are now in, and 24 of the 72 counties have completed their recounts.
G.A.B. staff is receiving far fewer questions and calls from county clerks regarding recall procedures.
A note about the spreadsheet: Going forward, it will contain all the reporting units, whether or not any results have been reported. Some past spreadsheets had reporting units removed if we had received data but were still in the process of reviewing it. Now, if data is in but not reported, it will say the reporting unit is under review.
The largest issue today was the one in Waupaca County, where the recount found several votes that were mistakenly not reported in the original canvass. (See below for more information.) That data will be included in the 6 p.m. update.
There is no Milwaukee city data reported in the spreadsheet yet because the city has not yet completed the recount of absentee ballots, which are normally counted in a central location.
Waupaca County officials have discovered two errors in the original canvass of the Supreme Court election. Here is Waupaca County Clerk Mary Robbins' explanation to G.A.B. staff:
Town of Larrabee – discrepancy in count. I have attached our recount notes in regards to the Town of Larrabee. They use both the Edge machine and the Optech Eagle. The Town of Larrabee original tally sheet from the April 5, 2011 election showed a 0 vote count on the Eagle on their tally sheet. (minutes attached) Board of Canvass did not think they could open the ballot bag to count at their April 7th Board of Canvass, we should have done that. The clerk was called (Arlene Kratzke) and she said she just forgot to transfer the numbers onto the sheet. The Board of Canvass should have caught this mistake the tape was attached and I apologize, we must have just read the sheet and didn’t check the tapes, we normally always check the tapes. The call in sheet, also, only shows 70 for Kloppenburg, the tape shows 167, the actual hand count shows 168 for Kloppenburg.
Town of Royalton - discrepancy in count, Kloppenburg original count was 80, Recount final count was 95 votes for Kloppenburg. They use the Edge machine and paper ballots: Original Tally was 80 votes, the Edge machine tape showed 40 ballots, that total matched the tape, they counted the Edge tape 3 times. The hand counted paper ballots were 40 on the original tally sheet (I think they just put 40 in both columns by mistake) Tabulators, counted 3 times for Kloppenburg. The 15 ballots were paper ballots, the recount team counted these ballots 3 times. Clerk had no explanation other than the election officials forgot to count a stack of ballots cast for Kloppenburg when they reported and put all paper ballots into the bag or the person writing the tallies just copied the 40 twice. Since these were paper ballots a recount is the only way these would have been found.
The results for the Town of Larrabee and the Town of Royalton will be included in the spreadsheet for the 6 p.m. update.
Twenty Wiscsonsin counties have now completed their recounts of the Supreme Court race, according to data from the G.A.B.'s Canvass Reporting System.
More information about totals from the counties will be available Monday morning. Staff needs to check the returns before posting.
The statewide recount continues to go smoothly.
G.A.B. staff received many questions today focusing on circumstances where absentee ballots are rejected, and the "drawdown process" by which ballots are removed. There have also been questions about what to do with absentee ballots where there are not signatures on the certification envelope or if there are not initals on ballots. For information on drawdown procedures, consult the Recount Procedures Manual.
All these issues have been resolved by local Boards of Canvassers with the assistance of G.A.B. staff.
Regarding the spreadsheet, staff will be working on Saturday to provide updated numbers as they come in. There will be no updates on Sunday.
Iron and Menominee counties have reported completing their recounts. Results will be posted in the Update spreadsheet once they have been reviewed by G.A.B. staff.
Day Two of the statewide recount went relatively smoothly, with G.A.B. staff continuing to answer many questions from county clerks. There were no reports of major problems.
There have been some anomalies reported, which have been resolved by individual boards of canvassers. These are similar to issues we encounter in other recounts. We anticipated these types of issues and many are addressed in our Q & A section on the website.
The updated spreadsheet that was posted late Wednesday was removed from this page early Thursday when we discovered some data entry errors. Some errors occurred in transferring information from clerk e-mails to the spreadsheet, and some were due to typos by clerks. We have been working today to ensure that the data we post is as accurate as possible. Please keep in mind that these are unofficial numbers.
We expect to post the spreadsheet, which will contain numbers from Wednesday’s recount activities, around 6 p.m. today. It will not contain numbers from today because many of the counties are working late tonight.
Day One of the statewide recount for Supreme Court Justice went smoothly.
G.A.B. staff fielded and answered many questions from clerks. Questions asked more than once are being posted to the website under the Recount Questions and Answers section on this page. There were questions about voting equipment and how to process ballots.
Staff also dealt with concerns raised by the Prosser and Kloppenburg campaigns, all of which were resolved by boards of canvassers in the counties where they were raised.
Recounts will start on Thursday in Chippewa and Menominee counties, which were delayed Wednesday. (See previous post.)
Clerks will be sending reports to the G.A.B. each night, telling us which wards they counted and what the vote totals are for those wards. We will be posting updated vote totals on this page under Recount Daily Updates in a spreadsheet twice daily: at 6 p.m. and again at noon the following day. Remember, these numbers are unofficial.
Chippewa County Clerk Sandi Frion reports: "We have officially got our new memory cards and are prepared to start the recount tomorrow morning."
Menominee County Clerk Ruth Waupoose reports: "I was unable to begin the canvass today because I had to go over to the School District and get the election material. We will begin the canvass 9:00 a.m. April 28, 2011."
G.A.B. staff will be posting updates here as needed with news about the statewide recount for Supreme Court Justice.
Please check back throughout the day for the lastest on what's happening.