Final Recount Costs, Refund Update

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.