MILWAUKEE — The state gears up for a potential recount as more counties in Wisconsin finish up their canvass. That is the process by which the vote is audited.
“We are preparing for the potential of a recount,” said Meagan Wolfe of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
A recount can only happen after all the counties canvass their vote totals. TMJ4 News been keeping track of the counties that have finished their canvasses.
Right now, of the 72 counties 56 have their elections results in. On Thursday, five more counties submitted canvassing results. Those include Calumet County, Grant County, Langlade County, Pierce County and Winnebago County.
It resulted in slight changes to the overall unofficial vote total in the state so far. Since canvassing began, President-Elect Joe Biden gained 118 votes. President Donald Trump lost 5 votes overall.
The clerk in Grant County told us their vote totals changed by about 100 due to human error. Wolfe said she is not surprised because that is why a canvass is done.
“We certainly are not seeing anything unusual. This is why we canvass,” said Wolfe.
Once all the canvasses are finished, a candidate then has 24 hours to request a recount and it also must be paid for before it can start.
If a recount is approved by the state, then it must be done within 13 days.
“Once the recount starts they can’t adjourn for more than a day. So that means if they choose Thanksgiving Day as their day to adjourn they have to come on Friday and over the weekend as well,” said Wolfe.