Brown County one of 17 remaining counties finishing post-election canvass

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 18:49:05-05

GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) -- Brown County is one of 17 remaining counties still working on their mandatory canvass, according to county clerk Sandra Juno.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission announced that 55 of 72 counties have submitted their canvass results to the state as of today. The deadline to submit the canvass is Nov. 17.

In email correspondence with Juno while she was canvassing this morning, she told NBC 26 that "We’re midway through Green Bay. All is well so far."

Juno confirmed that the rest of Brown County's canvassing is complete beyond the latter half of Green Bay. Juno said that county canvassers began the process on Tuesday and anticipate finishing "by the 17th to certify with the state," on deadline.

Once every county has submitted their canvass results to the state, any party wishing to petition for a recount must submit by the next business day at 5 p.m. After that, the Wisconsin Elections Commission must meet to formally order the recount. Counties have 13 days to complete the recount, beginning within three business days by 9 a.m. Counties may only adjourn for one day in the entire recount process.

When recounts are petitioned between 0.26-1.00% of the unofficial voting margin, the aggrieved party must fund the recount and pay for it upfront at the same time as filing the petition. Unofficially, President Donald Trump trailed President-elect Joe Biden by approximately 0.7% statewide.

According to public information officer Reid Magney, the 2016 recount cost "just over $2 million." WEC's Meagan Wolfe estimates that this recount will cost more because of coronavirus accommodations to logistics, including renting larger spaces, securing those spaces, providing PPE for workers as well as holiday pay to likely work over Thanksgiving.

Wisconsin recounts may be as small as by municipality or as encompassing as statewide.