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January 13, 2017 - 1:42pm

The attached spreadsheet contains detailed final costs of the 2016 Presidential Recount from all 72 counties.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission issued a refund to the Stein Campaign for the amount under the estimate on January 13.

We have been asked why some counties' estimates were so much higher than the actual costs.

Before 2016, there had been only one statewide recount, for the Wisconsin Supreme Court race in 2011.  2016 was different because it involved recounting twice as many votes in a much shorter period, which involved working long days and paying overtime. In addition, clerks were required to provide recount cost estimates very quickly. Those factors likely influenced the accuracy of estimates provided to the WEC by some County Clerks.


January 3, 2017 - 1:31pm

UPDATE: 71 of 72 Wisconsin counties have submitted their actual recount costs for reimbursement.  Brown County's figures will not likely be available until next week. Also Milwaukee County's numbers are now final.

So far, the 71 counties have reported a total of $1,859,299.91 in actual costs, which is $1,848,703.54 LESS than they originally estimated the recount would cost.

Brown County originally estimated a total of $190,337 in recount costs.

An updated spreadsheet containing county-by-county cost estimates and a summary of the costs is attached below.

December 12, 2016 - 9:07pm

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has certified recount results for President of the United States.

Results of the recount are available here:

A news release summarizing the results is here:

We will be posting minutes of the county boards of canvassers as they are provided to the Commission.

Thank you to everyone in Wisconsin and around the country who followed along during the recount and provided the Commission with positive feedback on the daily spreadsheets.


December 10, 2016 - 6:39pm

After Friday's counting, 65 of 72 counties are now complete.  All are on schedule to finish by Monday.

2,826,909 ballots have been recounted, approximately 95 percent of all presidential ballots cast (2,975,313).

The net change is now +1,442 votes: Trump/Pence +628, Clinton/Kaine +653, Castle/Bradley +17, Johnson/Weld +76, Stein/Baraka +68, Moorehead/Lilly +14, and De la Fuente/Steinberg -14.


December 9, 2016 - 2:15pm

The daily recount spreadsheet has been posted: .

Sixty out of Wisconsin's 72 counties have now completed the recount, and all appear to be on schedule to finish by the deadline on Monday.

The total number of ballots counted stands at 2,635,670 which is approximately 88.58% of the total ballots cast for President (2,975,313).

The net change is +1,322 votes:

  • +560 Trump/Pence
  • +609 Clinton/Kaine
  • +19 Castle/Bradley
  • +66 Johnson/Weld
  • +63 Stein/Baraka
  • +11 Moorhead/Lilly
  • -6 De la Fuente/Steinberg

Important Note: The changes in vote totals do not include the City of Milwaukee, which has reported partial numbers for individual reporting units (wards or combinations of wards) because it is recounting absentee ballots separately.  Milwaukee is included in the 88.5 percent completed figure.


December 8, 2016 - 3:15pm

47 of 72 counties have now completed the recount.

Approximately 82 percent of ballots have been recounted.

Trump/Pence originally led Clinton/Kaine by 22,177. So far, not including the City of Milwaukee, Clinton/Kaine have gained 61 more votes than Trump/Pence, but still trail.

Including the December 7 results, Trump/Pence are up 495 votes, Clinton/Kaine are up 556 votes, Castle/Bradley are up 20 votes, Johnson/Weld are up 63 votes, Stein/Baraka are up 64 votes, Moorehead/Lilly are up 8 votes, and De la Fuente/Steinberg are up 15 votes.

Important Note: The changes in vote totals do not include the City of Milwaukee, which has reported partial numbers for individual reporting units (wards or combinations of wards) because it is recounting absentee ballots separately.  Milwaukee is included in the 82 percent completed.


December 6, 2016 - 3:02pm

Questions have been raised by some recount observers in St. Croix County about the security of voting equipment.  The Wisconsin Elections Commission has been in contact with the St. Croix County Clerk and the equipment manufacturer, Elections Systems & Software (ES&S), and is confident that this is not an issue that would have affected the accuracy of the results reported by the equipment.

St. Croix County municipalities use DS200 scanners from ES&S.  On a couple of occasions after the equipment was purchased, ES&S sent out a technician to service modems in the scanners, which are used on Election Night to transmit unofficial results to the county.  In order to service modems, the technician was required to break a “warranty seal” covering an access screw to open a door on the scanner. Unfortunately, the technician did not have replacement warranty labels with him to affix after completing his work.

ES&S has produced an affidavit from the technician attesting to the fact that he was the person who broke the seals, why he did so and why they were not replaced.  That affidavit is attached.  

According to Gary Jacobsen, Regional Field Service Manager for ES&S:  “These are warranty seals used by technicians and should not be confused with “security seals” that the County would have used on Election Day. To gain access to the inner workings of the scanner, the technician uses a T-10 Torx screwdriver that has a security tip that is needed because of the special screws that are used.”  

The County Clerk reports that observers from the Stein campaign have been verifying the equipment’s accuracy for selected reporting units by observing the ballots after they are tabulated by the equipment with the broken warranty seals. They have the scanners set up on tables (without the ballot bin) so that every ballot processed by the machine slides out on the table for observers to see and count without handling the ballots.  They are not doing this for every reporting unit recounted on each of the machines in question, but have verified several and all of the hand count tallies match the results tape generated by the scanner.

Based on the evidence provided by the St. Croix County Clerk’s office and ES&S, the Commission staff is confident that the voting equipment is accurately tabulating and reporting the results in St. Croix County.


December 1, 2016 - 11:26am

The Wisconsin Elections Commission will be posting periodic news updates about the Presidential Election Recount in this space as warranted.


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