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Elections are often decided by a few votes. In many cases they are decided by one or two votes out of the several hundred or even several thousand votes that are cast. An election may even end in a tie vote. These circumstances encourage a candidate, typically the one who loses the election, to have all the ballots counted again to assure all legal votes are counted properly, any illegal votes are not counted, and the proper procedures for conducting the election were followed by the election officials.
The process of counting the ballots again is known as a recount. The procedures for requesting and conducting a recount are spelled out in the election laws. A recount is the exclusive remedy to test in court the right of a candidate to hold office based on the number of votes cast at an election.
This manual explains the statutory requirements for requesting a recount, attempts to explain ambiguity in those statutes, expands on the statutory requirements with recommended procedures for conducting a recount, and contains sample forms for use during the recount.
This information is prepared by the Wisconsin Elections Commission pursuant to the requirements of Wis. Stat. §9.01(10). If you have any questions about the recount process, please contact the Commission staff through any of the methods below:
Toll Free: 866-VOTE-WIS
|Changing the method used to recount ballots once the recount has begun||August 21, 2014 - 3:54pm|
|Retention of Election Materials||May 3, 2011 - 10:09am|
|Meeting on Weekends||April 28, 2011 - 4:36pm|
|How to report total ballots cast||April 28, 2011 - 10:05am|
|Ballots not properly initialed||April 28, 2011 - 10:03am|
|Process for Ballots Set Aside||April 27, 2011 - 3:52pm|
|Military Voters||April 27, 2011 - 12:45pm|
|What to Do if Test Ballots Were Shredded||April 27, 2011 - 10:00am|
|Recounting DRE (Touchscreen) Ballots||April 27, 2011 - 9:59am|
|Using Ballot Bins||April 27, 2011 - 9:59am|
|Correct email address for Attorney Jim Troupis||April 27, 2011 - 9:50am|
|Cell phones in Recount Room||April 26, 2011 - 1:34pm|
|Photographing ballots||April 26, 2011 - 1:32pm|
|Media access to recount area||April 26, 2011 - 1:30pm|
|Certificate envelope issues||April 26, 2011 - 1:22pm|