Counties Gearing Up To Begin Presidential Recount

Nov 29, 2016

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It's going to take awhile before a recount is completed in Oneida and likely other Northwoods counties.

The recount of Wisconsin's presidential votes has been approved with the Green Party providing the funding.

Locally, Oneida County Clerk Mary Bartelt says they have experience doing this type of count, but it requires many hands.

She says they have to estimate costs, which will be reimbursed by the Green Party...

"....we'll probably have about 14 tabulators in (Oneida county courthouse) room 2 on each given day. We plan on starting Thursday at 9 o'clock,no weekends, and then start next week (Dec. 5-9) if it will take us that long...."

Bartelt says the public can observe the process under strict rules...

"....there will be no purses allowed in our room. Those could probably be brought down to the county clerk's office where we can put them out of sight. No paper, pens, only what the tabulators use..."

Observers need to sign in, and wear a name tag. Bartelt says the recount process is similar to the recall counts that happened a few years ago. Bartelt says about 22,000 of a possible 25,000 voters entered a ballot on election day, almost 90 percent turnout.