Wisconsin Supreme Court Election Results: Kloppenburg Leads By Just Over 200 Votes With All Precincts Reporting
2:47 PM, Apr 6, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
So out of nearly 1.5 million votes cast, Kloppenburg has a tiny lead of about 0.014 percent. State law allows candidates to request a recount, free of charge, for elections in which the margin between the candidats is 0.05 percent or less.
But before there's a recount, the officials will "canvas" the vote, i.e. check and make sure that the total on the voting machines corresponds to the totals reported:
The canvas of the vote can lead to significant shifts. For example, in Minnesota in 2008 Norm Coleman's lead "dropped" by about 200 votes while county officials double-checked their machines. What occasionally happens is that officials will transpose a digit--report 215 votes for a candidate instead of 125. It's usually fairly easy to compare vote totals from past elections to prove that these.
So first we'll see if the canvas changes the vote totals. And then it's off to the likely recount. More on that soon.
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