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Wisconsin counties set to begin canvassing

Wisconsin counties set to begin canvassing
Posted at 10:50 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 23:50:52-05

GREEN BAY (NBC26) -- The state is working to make election results official as Wisconsin enters stage two of canvassing.

Wisconsin municipal clerks gathered all documents required for canvasing and routed materials to their respective counties by 4 p.m. Wednesday for the next step of the certification process.

"Poll books, inspector statements, all those types of things that you need to verify that the results that were transmitted to us were indeed correct," said Sandy Juno, Brown County clerk.

According to the Wisconsin Election Commission, at least one member from each bi-partisan party must be part of the process. The county board of canvassers consists of the county clerk and two other members. Since county clerks are elected on a partisan basis, one of the other two members needs to be from the opposite party of the county clerk.

The board will compare information to make sure unofficial results check out.

"You're going to look at the number of voters, the number of ballots - see if that balances," said Lori O'Bright, Outagamie County clerk. "Then you proceed to looking at every single contest and the numbers that were provided on the equipment, and verify those unofficial returns prior to certifying the results."

The number of votes cast should never be more than the number of voters.

"It's really important if your highest voter number is 100 that your last voter number should be 100," Juno said. "So we're making these kind of comparisons and when they don't agree then we need to find a reason why they're not agreeing."

The Outagamie County Board of Canvassers is set to meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The Brown County board is scheduled to begin canvassing at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The deadline for counties to certify is Nov. 17. The deadline for the chair of the Wisconsin Election Commission to then certify statewide results is Dec. 1.