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Eau Claire County changes Supreme Court race results


Eau Claire County (WQOW) - Thursday marks the next step in determining who won Tuesday's state Supreme Court. Unofficial election night results show JoAnne Kloppenburg over David Prosser by 204 votes. But counties have begun tallying the official results. Some, including Eau Claire County, are reporting new numbers.

After Eau Claire County's polls close, election officials have a lot of work to do.

"People are demanding," says Carol Cox, the Republican representative on the county canvas board. "They want to know five minutes after the election is over who won, how many votes."

Poll workers total results from their sites, passing them along to municipalities, which send them to the county.

"You've got this massive amount of information coming in and you've got people trying to record," Cox says.

That can lead to errors as the county clerk figures initial results.

"Sometimes, the numbers are called in to her," says Democratic canvass representative Luanne Coy. "There are different people recording them. There's a lot of noise and a lot of confusion so it's very easy for a mistake to be made."

That's where canvassing comes in. After election night, every county works to correct any possible mistakes, as Eau Claire did Thursday morning.

"We don't expect to find any instances where someone is trying to change something or do something illegal but it prevents that," Coy says.

Political party representatives sit down with the county clerk, pouring over results.

"Each are looking out for their interests and so you have a balance or a check that nobody is stuffing the ballot box at this late date," says Cox.

They re-total results from ballot machines, electronic voting systems and photocopied ballots from each of the county's 60 wards.

They did find errors Thursday. In the end, Justice David Prosser gained 199 votes. JoAnne Kloppenburg gained 228, meaning she had a net gain of 29 votes.

Numbers could've been written down wrong election night or reported incorrectly over the phone.

"Your big issue here was, I think, the fact that there were different wards that ran out of ballots," says Cox. "Those paper ballots have to tallied by hand. They don't go through the machine."

That means vote totals could've been misreported. Now, those results are corrected.

In Chippewa County, Kloppenburg lost five votes. The county clerk's office says there was a mistake made when numbers from one ward were called in election night. In Buffalo County, Kloppenburg gained two votes. In Clark, she lost 28 votes.

Prosser had a net loss of 31 votes in Rusk County. In Pepin, he lost six votes. In Dunn, Kloppenburg lost five votes.

Some counties we checked with had no change.

If a candidate calls for a recount, a local clerk told us that could take them between two to four days to complete in their county alone.

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