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Wisconsin elections audit gets underway today

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While other states continue to recount this month’s elections to determine winners, Wisconsin will conduct several random recounts Tuesday to show the election system is working.

The audit by the Wisconsin Elections Commission is nothing new and has proven for over a decade, the results are correct.

“We recount twice by hand to make sure the numbers the hand count comes up with are the same that the machines told us on election night,” Election Commission staffer Reid Magney said. “We’ve been doing this since 2006. The numbers always come out correct.”

Magney says a big reason for the audit is to prove the accuracy of the voting system to skeptics.

“We don’t want to believe the election results and want to believe something bad’s happened,” Magney said. “And, part of this, frankly, is being able to tell them, ‘No, the votes were not intercepted somehow and were not somehow flipped. This is actually what happened.'”

The traditional audit after a November election will involve just under 200 wards from around the state, picked randomly by the commission.

Magney says 2,851 ballots from La Crosse County will be counted again from the Town of Hamilton and wards 18 and 26 in the City of La Crosse.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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