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Who Shoulders the Cost Burden for the Recount of a State Office?

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April 18, 2011
Wisconsin County Clerks
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Milwaukee County Election Commission
Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

All county canvasses have been received, and we wait to see if a petition for recount for the Office of Justice of the Supreme Court will be filed.  The deadline for filing a petition for recount is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.  The candidate may petition for a recount in all wards in Wisconsin, or may select specific wards or municipalities to be recounted.  S. 9.01(1), 3., Wis. Stats.  Since the vote difference between the Supreme Court candidates is less than .05% (0.488%, to be exact), the petitioner would not be required to pay any fee for the recount. 

Due to misinformation provided in media reports, I wish to clarify where the cost burden for the recount of a state office lies.  The County Boards of Canvassers are charged with conducting the recount of a state office.  S.9.01(1)(ar), 3., Wis. Stats.  Just as costs for elections for state office are borne by the county, so are costs associated with a recount of a state office.  

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