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Wisconsin Recount Now Underway

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 4:52 am

For only the third time in Wisconsin history, a statewide recount is underway.  County clerks started re-counting votes in the race for Supreme Court Justice Wednesday morning.

Until May 9, county clerk’s all across the state will be retracing their steps from last month, trying to verify the winner in the race between incumbent Justice David Prosser, and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg.  The liberal Kloppenburg asked for the recount after statewide vote totals showed Prosser ahead by less than a half of one percent.

Election officials told the associated press that they’re doing everything they can do ensure an accurate recount. In some counties officials are even going as far as keeping pencils and pens with black and blue ink, away from the ballots.

In most counties, regular ballots are being counted with machines, except for ones that voters didn’t fill out properly.  For example, some voters mistakenly circled a candidates name rather than filling in the voting oval, so those ballots have to be tallied by hand.

The cost of the recount does fall on each individual county, so cost estimates for the statewide recount have varied widely. Kloppenburg needs to overcome Prosser’s lead of more than 7300 votes.

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