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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.

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:

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.

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.

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 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.

Meeting on Weekends

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QUESTION:  Is the Board of Canvassers required to meet during the weekend?

ANSWER:  The Statutes permit the Board to adjourn for not more than one day at a time.  However, if your Board is confident that it will complete the recount by Friday, May 6, 2011, it can choose to adjourn for both days of this weekend, April 30 and May 1.  The deadline for completing the recount is Monday, May 9, 2011.

How to report total ballots cast

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QUESTION:    When reporting the number of reporting units completed by the Board of Canvassers, how is the "total ballots cast" figure determined?

Ballots not properly initialed

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QUESTION:  If ballots were not properly initialed, what should the Board of Canvass do?

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.

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