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Wood Co. counts some ballots by hand


WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court recount heads into the weekend.

31 of Wisconsin's counties that use Optech Eagle Scanners have to do the recount by hand.

Wood County is one of those counties.

Attorneys for the Government Accountability Board and State Supreme Court Justice candidates reached an agreement to hand count ballots originally scanned by Optech Eagle Scanners.

The Wood County Clerk says Optech Eagle Scanner machines record ballot information on cartridges.

The problem is there's not enough cartridges in the state to record a recount.

She says they're unsure when the recount will be completed, but says they expect to work through the weekend.

"We're progressing nicely. We have wonderful volunteers. We're at 27 municipalities completed. 27 reporting units completed out of 56," Wood County Clerk Cynthia Cepress said.

Leaders say the cost of the recount will probably exceed $5,000.

Most of the money will be spent on manpower.

An important note, during this process the Wood County Clerk says they've added 17 more votes.

She says for some reason, those 17 votes were sent to Stevens Point.

Those ballots will be counted in the recount.

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