Wisconsin Vote Totals Change Little On Recount Day 3-Absentee Votes Still Not Reported

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NOTE: This post has been updated as of 1:50pm CT Sunday with additional changes from day three.
It is still hard to determine exactly how many votes have changed in Wisconsin’s presidential recount based upon the Wisconsin Elections Commission spreadsheet posted Saturday night, but so far the answer seems to be not enough to change the election.

Milwaukee’s totals are still missing the absentee ballot counts. So comparing partial recount totals to election night totals does not accurately reflect any changes in the count for one candidate over another. The WEC says, “Milwaukee counts its absentee ballots centrally (not at the polling place) on Election Night. When those absentee ballots have been counted the numbers will be updated.”

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The WEC is asking counties to report a reason for any large changes in votes. Those notes for Saturday were:

Eau Claire County: Increase of 11 votes in Town of Brunswick and 13 votes in Town of Seymour due to ballots marked incorrectly on Election Day.

Manitowoc County: Increase in 24 votes in Town of Centerville due to a stack of ballots missed on Election Day.

Walworth County: Increase in 10 votes in Town of Whitewater Wards 1-2 due to ballot jams on Election Day.

Washburn County: Discrepancies in Town of Bashaw were due to an error in the previous certification. The total ballots for Trump/Pence should have been 385 instead of the 352 reported.

On Sunday at 1 p.m. the WEC posted these additional changes from day three and posted a new spreadsheet.


Dane County: 12 Absentee ballots were left in their certificate envelopes, unopened, on Election Night, for City of Monona Wards 6-10. Ballots were oepend and canvased by the board during the recount.

Fond Du Lac County: 13 absentee envolopes were missing from Election Night and 1 absentee ballot counted on Election Night was rejected during recount canvassing of Town of Fond Du Lac Wards 1-8. A draw-down was done resulting in a loss of 7 votes for Trump/Pence and a loss of 7 votes for Clinton/Kaine.

Grant County: Village of Woodman and Village of Livingston removed from Day 4 results pending verification of recount numbers by Grant County Board of Canvas.

Racine County: Increase of 13 votes for Clinton/Kaine, votes were not counted on Election Night due to non-standard pens used to mark ballots.

Other changes in the spreadsheet were one vote or less per reporting unit that has been completely recounted. Because those changes amount to at most a few hundred votes, Donald Trump’s 27,000 vote lead over Hilary Clinton does not appear to be in jeopardy.

The WEC tally was posted before all counting stopped for the evening. Workers in Waukesha continued counting ballots past 10 p.m.

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