Totals Change Little On First Day Of Wisconsin Recount

The first day of the Wisconsin presidential recount brought lots of activity, but little change to the vote totals.

The Wisconsin Election Commission posted the totals from Menominee county — the first and so far only county that has finished its recount — and Hillary Clinton had made a net gain of one vote against Donald Trump. The county actually reduced Clinton’s vote total by one but reduced Trump’s by two. The county did add 17 votes for Jill Stein —the candidate who had requested the recount —12 votes for Gary Johnson and 4 votes for Darrell Castile.

Totals from all other 71 counties have not been posted.

In St. Croix county the vote totals did not change at all while The UpTake was monitoring and livestreaming the recount in Hudson, Wisconsin.

The ballots were run through scanning machines.Ballots are put into piles of 50 and then run through the scanner. Counties have the option to use hand counting or machines to recount the votes. There is no hand counting going on in Hudson.

They will be counting through the weekend and expect to be done early next week.

Video of machine counting and what’s been counted so far in Hudson, WI

Here are the results from St. Croix county that were not been reflected in the state totals for day 1:
Trump lost two votes. Gary Johnson lost one vote. Both were because absentee ballots lacked all of the proper information. Since they don’t know who those people voted for, the rules say a ballot is drawn at random from the same reporting unit. In this case the ballots were drawn from the Town of Glenwood (the one for Johnson) and Hammond (the two for Trump.)

Twelve reporting units that were counted for St. Croix County. Town of Baldwin, Cady, Cylon, Eau Galle, Emerald, Erin Prairie, Forest, Town of Glenwood, Hammond, Kinnickinnic, Pleasant Valley, and Rush River.

The Wisconsin Election Commission reports from it’s website:

Menominee County has concluded its Recount for President, and its numbers are included in the spreadsheet. (download spreadsheet)

The minutes of each county board of canvassers will include an explanation of any change of 10 or more votes in a reporting unit.

This is the explanation provided by the Menominee County Clerk for the differences in numbers between the canvass and the recount:

Johnson/Weld — different by 12 due to human error. Didn’t get added to our tally sheet.
Stein/Baraka — different by 17 due to human error. Wards 1,3,4,5 didn’t get added to tally sheet

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