Normally the absentee ballots are counted later after the election parties are over and the speeches are completed.
But the 2018 midterm election, 47,463 absentee ballots in Milwaukee may determine the race for governor.
The ballots were counted in the early hours of Wednesday morning while the state awaited a winner in the race for governor.
Of those ballots, 7,181 went for Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Democratic challenger Tony Evers received 38,674 of those votes.
With 98 percent of the votes tallied, the race is still is at a dead heat.
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch told Walker supporters to prepare for a “long and drawn out” recount procedure.