Recall Recount Day 3: Wanggaard Net Gain of Ten
Half-way through the third day of the recall recount for the 21st District Senate race, Racine County Clerk Wendy Christensen and her crew have completed seven municipalities.
By the time lunch rolled around on Friday, Republican Van Wanggaard picked up a net 10 votes amongst the seven municipalities where the recall recount has completed.
Wanggaard, who lost to Democrat John Lehman in his bid to keep the 21st District seat on June 5, filed a petition June 8 with the state Government Accountability Board asking for a recount. Wanggaard lost by 834 votes — with Lehman receiving 36,351 votes and Wanggaard getting 35,517 votes.
Patch visited the Racine County Courthouse for an update on the process to recount almost 73,000 votes for the historic Wisconsin recall elections. At this same time Thursday, Racine County Clerk Wendy Christensen and her crew had gone through about 10,000 votes with Wanggaard picking up a net total of four votes.
The process as of noon Friday, Christensen said, is moving along more smoothly.
"We're making up a little bit of time from the first two days when we were getting the system down," she explained. "Plus, we've completed some of the smaller communities, and that makes a difference, too."
Here are the totals:
Dover: Wanggaard 1,156, up from 1,154; Lehman 597, down from 598
Norway: Wanggaard 3,169, down from 3,172; Lehman 1,170, down from 1,172
Raymond: Wanggaard 1,466, up from 1,465; Lehman 720, down from 721
Yorkville: Wanggaard 1,092, no change; Lehman 516, no change
Elmwood Park: Wanggaard 150 no change; Lehman 149 no change
North Bay: Wanggaard 96, no change; Lehman 67, down from 68
Caledonia: Wanggaard 7,765, up from 7,757; Lehman 5,415, up from 5,412
Deputy clerks and volunteers were just getting started on Union Grove and Sturtevant as the close of the lunch hour.
Editor's Note: We made a mathematical error. Wanggaard actually has a net gain of 10 votes and not seven as originally reported. We have made the correction and regret the error.