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  • August 26, 2014 - 3:52pm

    Grant County has completed its recount in the 17th State Senate District. 

    We have no updates on the situation in Green County.

    See the latest numbers here:

    2014 Partisan Primary Canvass and Recount -- 17th Senate District


  • August 26, 2014 - 12:07pm

    The recount in State Senate District 17 began on Monday, and is still in progress.

    These counties are done: Iowa, Lafayette, Monroe, Sauk and Vernon.

    These counties are in progress: Grant, Green, Juneau and Richland.

    The Green County Clerk has notified the G.A.B. of a discrepancy in the number of ballots from the city of Monroe, and the Board of Canvassers is in the process of reconciling a difference of approximately 110 ballots.  The G.A.B. is providing advice to the Green County Board of Canvassers on procedures for dealing with the discrepancy and completing a thorough investigation.

    Any further information will come from the Green County Clerk's office.

    A spreadsheet detailing ward-by-ward recount results so far is attached to this page:

    2014 Partisan Primary Canvass and Recount -- 17th Senate District

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2014 Partisan Primary Canvass and Recount -- 17th Senate District

Candidate Unofficial Results Official Canvass Difference
Ernie Wittwer 3,828  3,847  +19
Pat Bomhack 3,826  3,840  +14

Witwer leads Bomhack by 7 votes.  See official canvass statement attached below.

17th_SD_DEM_Canvass_Report_(8.19.14).pdf26.78 KB
17 SD DEM Ward by Ward Report.pdf17.96 KB
17th SD DEM - Ward by Ward Recount Tracking in Progress 345pm Tues.xlsx24.6 KB

2014 Partisan Primary Canvass and Recount -- 87th Assembly District

Candidate Unofficial Results Official Canvass Recount
Michael Bub 1,434  1,434  1,433
Scott Noble 960  960  960
James Edming 1,451  1,451  1,452
Shirl Labarre 1,338  1,339  1,339

All counties have reported.  Edming had a 17-vote lead over Bub after the canvass and a 19-vote lead after the recount.

87th AD REP Canvass Report (8.19.14).pdf26.86 KB
87th AD Ward by Ward Report Canvass.pdf11.21 KB
87th AD REP - Ward by Ward Recount Tracking.xlsx20.06 KB

2014 Partisan Primary Canvass -- 6th Congressional District

Candidate Unofficial Results Official Canvass Difference
Glenn Grothman 23,241 23,247 +6
Joe Leibham 23,027 23,028  +1
Duey Stroebel 15,868 15,873  +5
Tom Denow 2,115 2,117  +2
Write-In N/A 30 N/A

Grothman leads Leibham by 219 votes.

More detailed canvass documents will be posted Thursday.

Recount Manual

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August 21, 2014
Procedures to request and conduct a recount for an election or referendum
Recount Manual -- Election Recount Procedures552.75 KB
Recount Plan 2014.pdf26.46 KB


This Recount Plan 2014 shall be used for recounts resulting from the 2014 Partisan Primary. This Recount Plan supplements and clarifies certain items of the Government Accountability Board’s manual entitled Election Recount Procedures, dated September 2008 (revised May 20, 2009). The Election Recount Procedures manual as supplemented by this Recount Plan shall govern the recount of any election for office at the Partisan Primary.

Where this Recount Plan conflicts with the Election Recount Procedures manual, the Recount Plan controls. The procedures set forth in the Election Recount Procedures manual as modified by the 2014 Recount Plan shall assist with ensuring a uniform recount process.

Authenticity of Ballots and Responsibility for Conducting Recounts

Questions about the authenticity of ballots arose during the 2011 Supreme Court recount process due to holes in some ballot bags, gaps in their closure or issues with security tags. A hole in a ballot bag or a missing security tag is not enough evidence alone to discard the ballots inside.  The ability to put a hand into a ballot bag is not by itself evidence of fraud. 

2012 Recall State Senate District 21 Recount Information

State Senate D-21 Election and Recount Results

Candidate Unofficial Recount (certified)
Van H. Wanggaard 35,517  35,539
John Lehman 36,351

2011 Supreme Court Statewide Recount Information

The Government Accountability Board ordered a statewide recount, based on the Kloppenburg campaign's  request, of votes in the April 5, 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court election. The recount is now complete. The Government Accountability Board certified David T. Prosser Jr. as the winning candidate in the April 5, 2011 election for Supreme Court Justice, following a recount of ballots conducted by Boards of Canvassers in Wisconsin’s 72 counties. The Board’s certification notes that Justice Prosser received a total of 752,694 votes and that JoAnne F. Kloppenburg received 745,690 votes, a difference of 7,004 votes, or 0.46%. A total of 1,729 write-in votes were cast for other individuals.

Prior to the recount, Board staff held a teleconference for County Clerks, which is archived on Wisconsin Eye.

The Government Accountability Board, represented by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, filed a legal action in Dane County Circuit Court to establish the ground rules for Optech Eagle tabulating equipment used in the statewide recount of votes in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election.  Attorneys for the G.A.B. and the candidates reached a stipulated agreement to hand-count ballots in parts of 31 counties that use Optech Eagle scanners.

For detailed information about how recounts are conducted in Wisconsin, please consult the Election Recount Procedures Manual.

New! County-by-county page of certified recount results.


Certified 2011 Supreme Court Recount Totals

These are official recount results reported by the County Boards of Canvassers. The results have been certified and signed by the G.A.B.

County By County Spring 2011 Election and Recount.xls34 KB
Ward By Ward Spring 2011 Election and Recount.xls578.5 KB