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  • Welcome to the Recount News Blog

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    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.

  • Delays in Chippewa and Menominee counties

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    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."


  • Day One Summary

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    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.

  • Day Two Summary

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    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.

  • Two Countes Complete

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    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 Three Summary

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    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.

  • 20 Counties Now Complete

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     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.

  • Waupaca County Discovers Canvass Error

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    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:

  • Recount Summary for May 2

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    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.

  • Further explanation of Waupaca County vote changes

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    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. 

    Please see the attachment.

  • Waupaca County Recount Minutes

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    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.

  • Friday afternoon update

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    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.

    The G.A.B. will be in court Monday morning seeking an extension.

  • Monday Update: One spreadsheet update today

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    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.

  • Waukesha County Recount Extension

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    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.

  • 70 of 72 Counties Complete

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    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.

  • 5 p.m. Update

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    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.

  • 5:45 p.m.

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    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.

  • Court Status Hearing Update

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    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. 

  • Iowa County Reconvenes Canvass

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    The Iowa County Board of Canvassers reconvened this morning, Friday, May 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

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