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La Crosse County presidential recount would cost over $63,000

Rick Solem

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FILE - Volunteers at the Black River Beach voting site open mail-in ballots, before putting them into the voting machines on Nov. 3, 2020. (PHOTO: Rick Solem)

The Wisconsin Elections Commission estimates it will cost about $7.9 million for a statewide recount of the Nov. 3 election.

A recount doesn’t have to happen statewide, however. It could go county by county.

If La Crosse County has to do a recount, the hand count would cost an estimated $63,250, according to the commission. The Milwaukee County recount estimate is the highest at over $2 million.

The 2016 recount in La Crosse County was around $4,000 — significantly lower in cost because of a Senate recount prior to the presidential one.


COST ESTIMATES IN
SURROUNDING COUNTIES
Buffalo $10,367
Jackson $7,000
Monroe $60,181
Pepin $8,915
Trempealeau $34,080
Vernon $14,070


“We still have not received any indication that there will or will not be a recount,” Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief election official said. “But we want Wisconsin’s voters to know we are ready.”

A recount in La Crosse would happen at the county administration building. It would be open to the public and include 50-60 people doing the recount.

The deadline to file for a recount and submit payment is 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Commission chair would issue a recount order Thursday. That would start the 13-day recount clock and is also the first day that recount boards can meet.

The deadline for county boards of canvassers must convene for the recount is 9 a.m. Saturday.

And the recount deadline would be noon, Dec. 1. This is also the deadline, under Wisconsin law, for WEC to certify results from the General Election.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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