Recounting presidential ballots means extra work for Wisconsin county clerks and their staffs. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell says they’ll be doing it by hand — even though the state elections commission ruled they don’t have to.
“When we talked internally about it, we felt like using the machines wouldn’t speed up the process that muc for us,” McDonell said. “And one of the main reasons for the recount is the accusation that the machines had been hacked somehow. The hand count would have the advantage of putting that notion to rest.”
As it stands now, the recount will begin at 8:30 Thursday morning and is scheduled to wrap up the evening of December 12th. In Dane County, over 450,000 votes will be recounted.
The campaigns of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and independent “Rocky” Roque De La Fuente, who have requested a recount of the state’s presidential votes. Both campaigns have raised concerns some electronic voting machines used the state may have been tampered with – something state election officials have said is highly unlikely to have happened.