With difference of 0.49% of the 1.5 million votes cast, Supreme Court race recount will begin

Local governments, not the state or the campaigns, will pay for the recount efforts. Although Scott Walker and others think the recount is a bad idea, it is going to happen:

Madison — The recount in the race for state Supreme Court is to be completed by May 9, though that deadline could be extended by court order.

The state Government Accountability Board on Monday issued an order formally requiring counties to conduct the recount. The recount will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The tight timeline means the recounts may be conducted in some counties on weekends, said Mike Haas, an attorney for the board.

The schedule was spelled out in a conference call Monday between the accountability board and county clerks. Nearly all of the 72 clerks participated, many of them with their staff and members of their local canvassing boards.

According to the initial tally of the April 5 election, Justice David Prosser defeated Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg by 7,316 votes, or 0.49% of the 1.5 million votes cast. Kloppenburg requested a recount last week.

Election officials believe it is just the third statewide recount in state history, following ones in 1989 and 1858.

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An added bonus has come out in regard to the myth that electronic voting machines can’t give the voter a receipt for their vote:

The GAB also said recount efforts should take off no more than one day in a row, meaning the recount should extend into weekends, depending on how much time each individual county requires to complete its recount.

The voting equipment itself, specifically the touch-screen voting machines used in many counties, is also expected to lengthen the recount process.

Ertmer said touch-screen voting machines print out the ballots cast on a slim, receipt-like strip of thermal paper. During Monday’s conference call, the GAB specified that recount processes will require clerks to cut the long strip of paper into individual ballots to be recounted on their own.

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So electronic touch-screen voting machines print out a receipt of your vote… who knew?

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