State officials say all counties have reported election results

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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The Wisconsin Elections Commission says all 72 Wisconsin counties have reported official results from the Nov. 8 election.

Results must be certified by Dec. 1. Official results will be released after the certification.

As of Nov. 15, 830,763 absentee ballots had been recorded. That’s about 27.9 percent of the total vote, up from 21.57 percent in 2012.

Preliminary numbers show at least 750 provisional ballots were cast during the election. 618 of those ballots were cast because people were unable to provide photo ID as required under state law.

Voters who were unable to provide identification at the voting booth were given a provisional ballot, which would be counted only if the voter was later able to show their clerk identification.

Of the 618 provisional ballots, 116 were counted, 278 were rejected, and 224 had no information reported on their status.

The commission says 399 ballots were marked as “Deadline Expired”, which likely means they were not counted.

State elections officials are preparing for a recount in State Senate District 32. The current count shows incumbent Democrat Jennifer Shilling with 43,570 votes to Republican challenger Dan Kapanke’s 43,514 votes.

Kapanke requested the recount on Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission says it has also started auditing voting equipment to make sure that it accurately counting ballots according to federal standards.

Click here to learn more about the auditing process.