FITCHBURG, WI (WTAQ) - Don’t go there.
That’s what Governor Scott Walker says about the chance for a recount in his recall election Tuesday.
The Republican Walker toured a plastics factory in Fitchburg Monday morning. Afterward, he told reporters he expects a close election – but he’s not even thinking about a recount at this point.
Walker is campaigning throughout the state Monday, while Democrat Tom Barrett is spending his day in western and northern Wisconsin.
Polls show that the governor’s race is tightening up. And the Democrats’ own polls show Barrett neck-and-neck in only the 3rd recall election of a state governor in U.S. history.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Steve Walters wrote Sunday about what might happen if the losing candidate is within the one-half-of-one-percent margin necessary to let taxpayers cover a recount.
First, he said the Government Accountability Board is better prepared to handle it than a year ago, when State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser won Wisconsin’s first statewide recount by 7,000 votes out of 1.5 million cast.
Board director Kevin Kennedy said his agency wasn’t thinking about a recount as much as it should have in 2011.
Prosser was declared the winner 7 weeks after his election. But there were no court challenges during or after the recount. And such a possibility during a recount or after could delay a final winner for months.
Any recount could not start until at least June 18th, after local canvassers certify their votes.