Brown County workers celebrate as they process the last recounted ballots

Posted at 3:03 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 16:48:25-05

Brown County Clerk, Sandy Juno, confirms that they are finishing up the recount. 

The last of the ballots are being processed now.

Next they will work to get results certified through the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

All of the workers are celebrating as the recount comes to an end. 

The Wisconsin Elections Commission reports that after Tuesday, December 6 approximately 70% of the 2.97 million votes cast in the election have been recounted. 

All Wisconsin counties are on track to finish their work by the December 12 deadline at 8:00 p.m.

So far, 34 counties have completed their work, including: Adams, Barron, Bayfield, Columbia, Crawford, Dodge, Door, Douglas, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Green, Green Lake, Iron, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Langlade, Menominee, Ozaukee, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Price, Sawyer, Shawano, St. Croix, Taylor, Vernon, Walworth, Washburn, Washington and Waupaca.

The Commission says they are now able to provide a running tally of how many votes each candidate is up or down.

However, the Commission says the numbers do not include the City of Milwaukee, which has only reported partial numbers for individual reporting units so far because it is recounting absentee ballots separately. 

Based on this analysis, the Commission says Trump and Pence are up 410 votes.

Clinton and Kaine are up 492 votes. 

The daily spreadsheets containing updates can be viewed on the Commission's 2016 Presidential Recount page

The Commission reports that most changes between canvass results and recount results are due to human error. 

In the City of Marinette, the Marinette County Board of Canvassers discovered that the use of nonstandard ink pens caused approximately 309 absentee ballots out of more than 20,000 cast countywide to be undercounted. 

The Commission says that since they were absentee ballots, poll workers should have recognized the problem and remade the ballots using standard pens that would be read by the optical scanner.

All Marinette County ballots were hand-recounted, resulting in 118 additional votes for Trump and Pence and 166 additional votes for Clinton and Kaine.

Information on each county's recount status and links to the original canvass results and recount results is also available on the Commission's 2016 Presidential Recount page.

"A few obscure websites have posted what could be characterized as 'fake news' stories containing inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information about the recount, often based on unverified social media posts," The Commission warns. "Unfortunately, this unverified information is rewritten into fake news and then gets shared repeatedly on social media sites. Here are the facts:

  • Votes for Trump / Pence are not being counted twice in Waukesha County.
  • Ballots can be inserted in scanners face up or face down. Before ballots are scanned, campaign representatives have already had a chance to view and question them.
  • In St. Croix County, warranty seals on some scanners were broken by an authorized technician performing maintenance. The technician did not have replacement seals with him. Based on evidence provided by the St. Croix County Clerk’s office and the equipment manufacturer, the Commission staff is confident that the voting equipment is accurately tabulating and reporting the results in St. Croix County.