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Taxpayers' money will be used for State Supreme Court recount


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- After incumbent Justice David Prosser's apparent win in this month's state supreme court election, challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg requests a recount and individual counties across Wisconsin will need to foot the bill.

Final county tallies show Prosser with 7,316 more votes than Kloppenburg. Since that difference was less than 0.5% of the total votes, that means individual counties have to pay for a recount.

Prosser won most of the counties in our viewing area. Only Lincoln County had a margin of less than 0.5%. But since the Government Accountability Board looks at the numbers statewide, all local municipalities still have to pay for the recount.

Prosser won more than 51% of the vote in Price and Oneida counties. He won about 59% in Waupaca and Waushara counties.

Other counties that voted in favor of Prosser include Clark (59%), Forest (56%), Langlade (58%), Lincoln (50%), Marathon (53%), Shawano (61%), Taylor (61%) and Vilas (60%).

Four counties went to Kloppenburg. Those were Adams (52%), Juneau (52%), Portage (60%)and Wood (51%).

Now the cost for you as a taxpayer -- the Clark County clerk said it will cost about $1,000 to cover their recount of more 7,000 ballots. That's about 13 and a half cents per vote.

Statewide, almost one and a half million votes will have to be recounted.

The GAB has yet to put a price tag on the full recount since it all depends on the number of workers in each county, how many ballots to sift through and the method of recounting.

Some county representatives said they expect to receive more instructions about the recount in a teleconference on Monday.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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