How county clerks estimated the recount cost


OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) – Winnebago County Clerk Sue Ertmer had a busy day organizing the recount.

“A lot of work, a lot of calls, a lot of costs, it’s trying to get everything coordinated in a very short amount of time,” said Ertmer.

The recount costs vary across northeast Wisconsin counties.


Slerks say those numbers are based on multiple factors including equipment, staffing and the number of ballots they’ll have to process.

“The state law requires you to do a lot of steps you don’t just count ballots,” Ertmer said. “You have to verify poll lists, we’ve got to go through all of the absentee ballot applications.”

The staffing demand for the recount may also impact the rest of the services county clerks offer.

In Calumet County a secretary will be manning the office until the recount is over.

“There will be no body in the office that can issue DNR license, DMV temporary plates, marriage licenses,” said Calumet County Clerk Beth Hauser.

The Brown County clerks office is asking the public to delay coming into the office unless it’s absolutely necessary.

The clerks we spoke to Monday hope for an efficient recount but don’t expect a different result.

“I’m very confident in the integrity, I’ve worked with municipal clerks for the past 16 years and I’ve been through numerous recounts and the numbers always come out very close,” said Hauser.

“The equipment has been tested and I really don’t anticipate any significant change,” said Ertmer.