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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
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WTMJ 4 in Milwaukee reports

After factoring in the the Journal Sentinel and Associated Press report that Kloppenburg held an unofficial 235 vote lead on Prosser before the Town of Lake Mills tally, that gives the Kloppenburg camp at least a 209-vote edge.

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 Government Accountability Board has until May 15 to complete its canvas of the vote.

No date has been set for the board to canvas the vote, which is dependent upon when the counties submit their results to GAB.

All 72 counties must begin to canvas the vote no later than 9 a.m. Thursday.

The law gives them until 11 days after the election to submit those results to GAB.

Once the GAB completes its canvas of the vote, candidates have three days to request a recount.

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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