LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Wisconsin's state-wide presidential recount is set to begin this Thursday after Green Party candidate Jill Stein raised the $3.5 million to pay for it.
While the presidential recount was agreed to, the Elections Commission denied the request to require a hand count of all the ballots.
The commission administrator says the campaigns requesting the recount could still obtain a court order requiring a hand-count.
Local clerks say the current recount in the 32nd State Senate District, including Jennifer Shilling and Dan Kapanke, could actually speed up their counting in the presidential race.
"We're hoping that all of the preliminary work we do today, reconciling of the pollbook, the reconciling of the absentees will carry over to that, so then the only thing we're doing during the presidential recount is opening the ballots and counting for candidates," said La Crosse Co. Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer.
Counties have until 8 p.m. on December 12th to finish their recounts.
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