MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin taxpayers spent well over a half-million dollars to recount the ballots from the April Supreme Court election.
The Associated Press said the total tab is almost $520,000 so far – and that doesn’t include Racine and Adams counties, which have not provided cost estimates. It also doesn’t include what the state Government Accountability Board will have spent.
Challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg asked for the recount, after losing the official county canvasses by less than one-half of one percent to Justice David Prosser. Kloppenburg gained only 316 votes in the recount, and she conceded after Prosser had won by just over 7,000 votes.
Kloppenburg’s camp said the cost was well worth it, because it exposed problems that can be addressed in future elections. They included blank voting machine records, torn ballot bags, and problems reconciling poll books.
Reid Magney of the Government Accountability Board said his staff has found local issues with the recounts at the county level – but he hasn’t seen any widespread problems. And he’s not sure how much it cost his agency.
The AP’s tally said Waukesha County spent the most, at $129,000. The clerk there was under fire for not including Brookfield’s votes in her Election Night tally.