Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wisconsin Recount Update - Day 7: Hillary Up 82

Here's the update from Day 7 of the Wisconsin 2016 presidential recount.

From the Wisconsin Elections Commission:

Numbers for the City of Milwaukee do not include absentee ballots, which have not yet been recounted. 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.

Explanations provided by clerks for the differences in numbers between canvass and the recount are also contained in the attached Explanation of Changes per Reporting Unit PDF

Changes related to today's update are listed below:

Door County: Corrected Day 6 vote counts in Town of Egg Harbor Ward 1-3. Stein/Baraka now accurately reflects a total of 10 votes.

Manitowoc County:
Decrease of 25 votes for Trump/Pence in Town of Kossuth Wards 1-3 due to a stack of 25 votes counted twice on Election Day.

Net change of 46 votes in City of Manitowoc Wards 9-10. +29 votes for Trump/Pence due where tabulator did not count votes on Election Day but voter intent was determined during recount canvassing. -17 votes for Clinton/Kaine due to ballots found to have write-in overvotes during recount canvassing.

Marinette County: Increase of 289 votes in City of Marinette Wards 1,3,5; 2,4,6; and 7-8. Voting machines used in City of Marinette required non-standard marking devices that was not used on all ballots. This led to votes being missed on Election Day but counted during the recount canvass. Wards 1,3,5 - +65 vote for Trump/Pence, +79votes for Clinton/Kaine, +1 votes for Johnson/Weld; Wards 2,4,6 - +50 votes for Trump/Pence, +68 votes for Clinton/Kaine, +2 votes for Johnson/Weld; Wards7-8 - +3 votes for Trump/Pence, +19 votes for Clinton/Kaine, +1 vote for Johnson/Weld, +1 vote for Stein/Baraka.

Pierce County: Net decrease of 13 votes in City of Prescott Wards 1-6 due to 18 ballots missing clerk and election worker initials as required. -10 votes for Trump/Pence, -5 votes for Clinton/Kaine, and -1 vote for Stein/Baraka.

Increase of 24 votes in Town of Clifton Wards 1-3 due to ballots that were marked incorrectly on Election Day. Voter intent was determined during the recount canvass. +7 votes for Trump/Pence, +14 Votes for Clinton/Kaine, +1 vote for Castle/Bradley, and +2 votes for Johnson/Weld.

Racine County: Increase of 37 votes in City of Burlington Wards 1-4, increase of 40 votes in City of Racine Ward 22, increase of 21 votes in City of Racine Ward 25, increase of 10 votes in City of Racine Ward 30, increase of 8 votes in Town of Dover Wards 1-8, increase of 14 votes in Town of Norway Wards 1-11, and an increase of 11 votes in Village of Waterford Wards 1-7. Votes were not counted on Election Night due to non-standard pens used to mark ballots.

Shawano County: Original election results were inadvertently entered as recount results on the Day 6 update. The updated recount results have been correctly added to Day 7.

Increase of 12 votes in Town of Belle Plaine Wards 1-3 due to human error and voter intent was determined during recount.

Sheboygan County: Increase of 29 votes in City of Sheboygan Ward 8 and an increase of 19 votes in City of Sheboygan Ward 10. Votes were not counted on Election Night due to human error and voter intent was determined during recount.

Decrease of 17 votes in Town of Sheboygan Wards 1-10. Absentee Ballots run through tabulator twice on Election Day in error.

Vernon County: Decrease of 19 votes for Johnson/Weld in Village of Readstown Ward 1 due to allocating paper ballots cast for Senator Ron Johnson to Johnson/Weld in error on Election Day.

Washburn County: Increase of 10 votes for Stein/Baraka in City of Spooner Wards 1-4 due to a discrepancy in the previous certification. The total ballots of Stein/Baraka should have been 11 instead of 1. *This explanation was left out of Day 6’s list in error.
FOX6 News reports:
The presidential recount in Wisconsin is 70 percent complete as of Wednesday, December 7th -- and Hillary Clinton has cut into President-elect Donald Trump's margin by 82 votes -- a tiny fraction of Trump's 22,177-vote win.

As of Wednesday, 34 counties had completed the recount, including Dodge, Ozaukee, Walworth and Washington County.

...Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki told FOX6 News the recount was completed in the City of Milwaukee Wednesday. Wauwatosa and Greenfield are likely to finish Wednesday night or Thursday -- leaving West Allis as the final suburb in Milwaukee County to complete it.

Those conducting the City of Greenfield's recount on Wednesday discovered about 400 ballots back in their office. The Wisconsin Elections Commission then had to decide whether those ballots would be counted. It won't change the election by any means, but it raised eyebrows.

...After four hours spent trying to reconcile the ballot issue Wednesday evening, [Greenfield city clerk Jennifer] Goergen told commissioners that she had, for the most part, matched up the ballots. Commissioners broke for the night without deciding whether to accept her explanation, leaving that question for the morning.

Keep in mind, this problem -- while it led to a lot of eye rolling and frustration -- will be inconsequential to the outcome of the presidential race in Wisconsin.

The latest numbers show President-elect Donald Trump still leads by more than 22,000 votes after 70 percent of the votes statewide have been recounted.

So, Hillary is up by 82 votes with 70 percent of the recount complete. Not even close. Keep in mind the city of Milwaukee recount is complete.

How do we know there isn't human error taking place with the recount?

We don't.

I suppose there should be a recount of the recount.

How do we know the determinations of "voter intent" are accurate?

We don't.

When Wisconsin's recount is over, Hillary's electoral hopes will be dashed.

Five more days.


RUSS SLOAN said...

Seems the head of the recount board [ a Democrat ] was correct when he stated that he had a high regard to how Wisconsin elections are conducted. All state elections should be this close to the reported numbers.

Mary said...

This recount, while a terrible waste of resources, does show just how accurate the Wisconsin election results are.