23 counties wrap up recount, larger counties continue efforts

Posted at 7:34 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 20:34:35-05
Day six of the presidential recount has several counties crossing the finish line in Wisconsin.
President-elect Donald Trump’s lead continues to grow as 23 counties complete the process. He has picked up 143 votes on Hillary Clinton. 

In southeastern Wisconsin, Dodge County, Ozaukee County, Sheboygan County, Walworth County and Washington County recounted their last ballots by Tuesday afternoon. Sheboygan County recounted their 58,000 by hand. 

"It’s a big relief,” said Sheboygan County Clerk Jon Dolson. 

More than 100 votes shifted, netting a 13 vote gain for Trump. Dobson said the changes were mainly caused by voter errors. 

"Someone will take a ballot and either circle the candidates name and not connect the ends of the arrow,” he explained. 

Washington County’s hand count wrapped up almost the same time Tuesday morning. County Clerk Brenda Jaszewski saw a similar shift in Trump’s favor, just on a smaller scale. 

"Things were improperly done on election day so then we had to draw out several ballots,” Jaszewski said. 

Meanwhile, larger counties including Waukesha and Milwaukee were in the thick of the process. Both counties amped up their efforts by adding high-efficiency counting machines. The machines count 5,000 ballots per hour. Milwaukee County has five working in unison.  

Back in Sheboygan, Dolson is calling the process a success and expects that to be the case statewide. 

"I would say it’s going to be one-tenth of one-percent throughout the state of a change,” he said. 

Jefferson, Kenosha and Racine County Clerks said they are more than halfway through their recount will no concerns of making the December 12 deadline.