2 votes changed in Brown County after first day of election recount


BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) — The election recount in Wisconsin is well underway as counties finish up the first day of canvassing Thursday.

Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein asked for the recount over concerns about hacking in a state where President-elect Donald Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton by less than 1 percent.

Brown County is one of the 72 counties in Wisconsin taking part in the recount effort.

It’s the first candidate-driven statewide recount of a presidential election in 16 years.

Officials said there is no evidence of voter misconduct in Wisconsin, but Stein said she wants to make sure the ballot tabulating machines were not compromised by hackers.

Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno said they have about 130,000 ballots to recount, and it has to be done by December 12.

Juno said Day One of recounting got off to a late start Thursday morning in Brown County.

“We had a lot of things that we needed to accomplish, mostly just getting all of our tables and chairs and ballots over here in the morning,” said Juno. “So that did take a good part of the morning before we actually got started with the recount process.”

However, Juno said it didn’t take long to get down to business and start recounting the ballots.

“Once our teams got familiar with the steps they needed to take to go through each of the precincts, I think they’ve developed a relationship with each other and gotten a pattern on how they want to attack things,” said Juno.

Now that everything is set up and in place, she expects Friday to run smoothly.

“They are in a good rhythm, so once we get in the morning, I think they will be ready to get started,” said Juno.

At the end of Day One in Brown County, canvassers have gone through seven precincts, and only two votes have been changed. There has been an additional vote for Hillary Clinton and one less vote for Donald Trump.

The ballot boxes have been taped up and locked away for the night. There is overnight security to make sure the canvassers can pick up right where they left off on Friday morning at 9 a.m.