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The recount for the 32nd state senate is getting special
attention in Vernon County.
Republican Dan Kapanke's campaign is challenging dozens
of votes in three municpalities because he says a
new law wasn't followed.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill has more.
The new state requirement says absentee ballots need
a witness signature on the ballot's envelope.
When you do in person absentee voting, the witness
is the clerk .
and in the village of Genoa, the town of Kickapoo,
and the town of Wheatland, the clerks didn't always
put down their address.
So a special hearing was held today to determine what
to do with the votes in question.
It's a mandatory provision of the WI statues,.
it's a decision that necessarily leads to the conclusion
that these ballots have to be excluded.
Dan Kapanke's campaign is arguing that about 40 ballots
should be thrown out from the recount .
because of a state law three clerks in Vernon County
say they weren't aware of.
There's a clerk when somebody votes in person, you
need to put your name and address on the envelope,
a clerk can no longer just sign the envelope .
it's a subtle change.
Fourty votes out of the more than 14 thousand votes
cast in Vernon may not seem like much .
but only 56 votes put Shilling over Kapanke in the
32nd District senate race .
and clerks say, every vote should count.
I absolutely do not agree that these ballots from
my town voters should not be counted.
The voters didn't nothing wrong and I made an honest
Jennifer Shilling's campaign lawyer says because it
wasn't the voter's mistake, their votes are valid.
Where its the clerk's error, not the voters error,
it's been constsistent throughout the senate district
32 of those ballots being counted.
The final call came to the Vernon County canvas board.
We made the decision, that a lot of other counties
have, and if the were witnessed by the clerk, if the
clerk did in in their home or in the office we would
accept them without an address because the clerk is
verifying it but if it came by mail it will probably
be drawn down.
The county clerk says this means he's confident nearly
all of the challenged votes will be counted
It's decision that was very difficult because you
also need to follow laws and rules but at the same
time you don't want to disenfranchise a voter.
There are still 7 ballots in the town of Genoa that
officials will verify to see if they were delivered
directly to the clerk, as opposed to by mail.
If they were given to the clerk in person, they will
When will clerks be finished with the recount?
They'll be done by noon tomorrow .
and then Monday they can start on the presidential