What’s doing with the Wisconsin recount?
Things are moving right along:
All counties in Northeast Wisconsin have completed their presidential election recounts, two days ahead of a state-imposed deadline.
Oconto, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties each finished recounting ballots by midday Saturday, the tenth day of the recount. All other local counties finished earlier in the week.
Discrepancies were reported in nearly every county. State election officials provided reasons for some of them.
According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, all increases in Oconto County are attributed to the use of non-standard pens or ballots being marked incorrectly. Voter intent was determined during recount canvass. In Outagamie County, some ballots were erroneously run through a tabulator twice on Election Day.
This is riveting stuff:
Dane County: 11 Absentee ballots were left in their certificate envelopes on Election Night for the City of Madison Ward 2.
City of Verona Wards 2-4 results have been removed from the Day 10 update pending further clarification from Dane County Board of Canvass.
Oconto County: Increase of 10 votes in City of Gillett Wards 1-3, increase of 19 votes in Town of Abrams Wards 1-3, Increase of 33 votes in Town of Little Suamico Wards 1-8, Increase of 24 votes in Town of Pensaukee Wards 1-2, and an increase of 12 votes in Town of Spruce Wards 1-2. All increases in Oconto County are attributed to the use of non-standard pens or ballots being marked incorrectly. Voter intent was determined during recount canvass.
Outagamie County: Net decrease of 14 votes in City of Kaukauna Wards 6-7 and net decrease of 12 votes in City of Kaukauna Wards 8-10 due to ballots being run through the tabulator twice on Election Day in error.
Addition of 2 votes to Day 10’s City of Appleton Ward 33 totals. The polling location includes Winnebago County reporting units and 2 ballots Ward 33 ballots were found during Winnebago County’s recount. These ballots were delivered to the Outagamie County recount canvass.
Is all this work making a difference. Not really. Heavy reports:
The latest update in the Wisconsin recount shows that 95% of all presidential ballots have now been counted, but there are still two glaring omissions: The City of Milwaukee and dozens of wards in the City of Madison.
Both of those cities are populous Democratic and Hillary Clinton strongholds, and their recounted returns had not all been reported to the Wisconsin Election Commission as of December 10. The state must certify its results by December 13 or it risks its electoral votes not counting.
Dane County, home to Madison, is doing a hand recount of its ballots (that decision was left to local governments). Congressman Sean Duffy recently accused the county of “taking as long as they can.” He claimed Jill Stein and Clinton observers are slowing down the count there by contesting ballots, according to Politifact. Duffy also came under fire for labeling Madison “Communist.”
The day 10 results show that Hillary Clinton has gained a net of only 25 votes over Donald Trump. Trump won Wisconsin by more than 22,000 votes, a margin that has changed only by microscopic amounts despite the at least $3.5 million price tag. You can get the latest raw recount data here.
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