Wisconsin Recount Results Day 9: 1,322 Net Changes Made

Sixty four out of Wisconsin’s 72 counties had completed the Wisconsin recount as of Day 9, with at least 1,322 net votes changed since the recount began, according to the Wisconsin Election Commission.

The errors have included everything from jammed ballots to voters using the wrong pens, but they have not represented a significant shift at all in Donald Trump’s overall margin of victory.

Since both Trump and Hillary Clinton gained votes overall, the net result is almost nil, and Trump retains his 22,000-plus vote lead with Clinton only gaining a net 49 more votes after nine days of counting. However, there are a few catches: The City of Milwaukee tallies are still not public, even though Milwaukee has now finished counting. All of Republican stronghold Waukesha County was not yet reported on day 9. Populous Dane County, a Democratic stronghold that includes the state capitol, is not expected to finish its hand recount until Monday, said Fox 6 Milwaukee.

Meanwhile, on December 9, a federal judge rejected an effort from Trump supporters to stop the recount.

“It is crystal to me that I don’t have the basis for stopping the recount,” Judge James Peterson said, according to

The Commission, which reported the new totals at midday on December 9, said, “All (counties) appear to be on schedule to finish by the deadline on Monday.” Meeting that deadline is necessary for Wisconsin’s electoral votes to count when the Electoral College meets on December 19.

“The total number of ballots counted stands at 2,635,670 which is approximately 88.58% of the total ballots cast for President (3,975,313),” the Election Commission reported for day 9. You can see the raw Day 9 spreadsheet here.

The Commission provided these tallies:

The net change is +1,322 votes. (The candidates gained and lost votes throughout wards in Wisconsin, so the totals below represent the amount they have gained or lost after overall losses are subtracted from overall gains.)

+560 Trump/Pence
+609 Clinton/Kaine
+19 Castle/Bradley
+66 Johnson/Weld
+63 Stein/Baraka
+11 Moorhead/Lilly
-6 De la Fuente/Steinberg

That means that Clinton has gained a net 49 votes over Trump, nowhere near what she would need to prevail in the state.

The day 9 totals still did not include populous City of Milwaukee, which skews historically Democratic. The Commission noted, “The changes in vote totals do not include the City of Milwaukee, which has reported partial numbers for individual reporting units (wards or combinations of wards) because it is recounting absentee ballots separately. Milwaukee is included in the 88.5 percent completed figure.” Fox 6 Milwaukee said Milwaukee County completed its recount at 8 p.m. on December 8. However, the Election Commission expressly said its totals did not include the City of Milwaukee yet, leaving a last lingering place for potential drama.

The City of Milwaukee returns were expected shortly; however, as of late evening on December 9, they still had not materialized without explanation as to why. WISN-TV Milwaukee quoted Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki as saying all Milwaukee ballots had now been counted. He told the TV station only “minor errors” were found; Channel 12 said reports were being finalized and data needed to be entered.

Also on December 9, an Indianapolis election observer named Amber Cleveland alleged she observed irregularities in Republican stronghold Waukesha County and an organization contended she was urged to publicize them by the Democratic Secretary of State, Doug LaFollette. She is a Green Party observer.

On December 7, the Election Commission had decried claims it said were being made on “fake news” sites about Waukesha County, writing, “Votes for Trump/Pence are not being counted twice in Waukesha County. Ballots can be inserted in scanners face up or face down. Before ballots are scanned, campaign representatives have already had a chance to view and question them.”

The Election Commission provided explanations for these changes for the Day 9 tallies:

Ashland County: Original election results were inadvertently entered as recount results for the Day 6 update. The recount results have been correctly updated to the Day 9 spreadsheet.

Calumet County: Increase of 15 ballots in City of Chilton Wards 1-5 because ballots were marked incorrectly on Election Day. Voter intent was determined during recount canvas. +11 votes for Trump/Pence and +4 votes for Clinton/Kaine.

Dane County: Increase of 12 votes in City of Verona Wards 2-4 due to ballots being counted as part of City of Verona Wards 1,5 in error on Election Day.

Eau Claire County: Increase of 14 votes in City of Eau Claire Ward 39 due to ballots that were marked incorrectly on Election Day, where the recount canvass determined voter intent, and the addition of 5 absentee ballots that were not counted on Election Day.”

Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested the Wisconsin Recount and shelled out $3.5 million in donated money for it. A recount she requested in Michigan was ended by a federal judge, and a Pennsylvania recount request is bogged down in courts. Nevada completed a partial recount requested by an independent candidate and found almost no change. You can read about that result here:

Nevada Recount Results: Final Tallies Show Only 15 Vote Change

Nevada recount results are in, and they show that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lost only 15 votes. Meanwhile, a Wisconsin recount continues.

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  1. “The total number of ballots counted stands at 2,635,670 which is approximately 88.58% of the total ballots cast for President (3,975,313),” the Election Commission reported for day 9. You can see the raw Day 9 spreadsheet here.”

    There is an error here. 2.6 million votes out of 3.9 million cast is not 88.58% it is about 66.3%. 88.58% of 3.9 million votes would require 3,521,332 votes to be counted.

    • U.S. presidential election, Wisconsin, 2016
      Candidate Votes
      Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine 1,382,210
      Trump/Mike Pence 1,409,467
      Gary Johnson/Bill Weld 106,442
      Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka 30,980

      2929099 total

      Trump and Clinton only 2791677 (2.8 rounded up)

      • Crystal, please explain why the Trump – Clinton difference is back to 27,000 when the original difference was 27,000 and 4,900 votes were removed from Trump before the recount even started, or is it to do with the absentee ballots? Also, what is going on with the Waukesha recount?

  2. And now we are going to have accusations that the recount is errant as well as it did not get desired result. Give it up people.

  3. 88,58 per cent is consistent with 2.9 million votes cast rather than 3.9 m , and 2.9 m is also consistent with total shown by Fox and politico

  4. The greedy, those easily conned, the rabid haters, love proto-fascism. Billionaires and the elite and trump. The rich who do not believe in a minimum LIVING wage.

    no surprise that average life spans have DECREASED. Watch that figure.

    The US is divided now but wait another year….

    For those of u who fought back there is a lot of courage to be mobilised for events to come.

    good luck
    from Australia

    • KIm please stay in Australia, in the US the standard poor person has an HD TV and a cell phone, and one of their biggest problems is obesity , the rest of the world envies our “poor”, also please go back to English class, your last sentence is indecipherable.

    • Unless you are a citizen and have a stake in this, keep your stupidity to yourself! You have NO IDEA what the “disadvantage” in this country actually have or don’t have! IT IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY THAT IS HOLDING THE DISADVANTAGE/POOR DOWN! HULLO!

      • Guess it bursts your bubble, Delayne to know that not just the majority of America didn’t want Trump, but neither did the rest of the world–except Russia where Trump is heavily invested. Given American can’t survive in isolation, guess we all better start to learn Russian, my dear!

  5. The tractor trailer loads of Hillary votes will be pulling into Milwaukee shortly , she will get 91% of absentee ballots as she did in PA , even though she only got 48 % in the state and absentee ballots skew Military and military members went 60% plus for Trump

    • While I agree with you in general if anyone is cheating it’s the democrats….this is a little different than PA. The change that went for Hillary in PA was not a part of the recount – that happened before the recount started and was just the reporting of absentee ballots that were still being counted. The Milwaukee numbers are supposed to be a recount of what was already reported, not that they are still counting votes…so a “little” bit harder for the dems to cheat, but I don’t put anything past them. They have a loooooonnnngggg history of cheating during elections and recounts.

  6. This recount so inane. There has been about .002% change. 49 votes out of 2.6 million so far. So far away from over 22,000 +. This should be over by Sunday night or early Monday at worst. Good job Wisconsin for your speedy counts and the way you conducted yourself. Stein though another matter. That one person with out facts nor reason can hold up an election is despicable.

    • If Wisconsin delays the vote goes to congress because they did not finish by December 12th. Congress majority is Republican and will vote Trump

    • LOL, like George Soros isn’t already funneling millions to them. Assuming this county is last because the truck with the stuffed ballot boxes is broken down somewhere and there is no cell reception!

      • remember we already have a count from the original canvas if there really is a truck with a bunch of votes that changes the count significantly, there will be hell to pay.

        • The way it’s done is to find a bunch of under votes. Ballots that had no vote for a candidate and thus are not part of the original count. Then mark them predominately for their candidate. They would need about 22 thousand of those, if all 100% marked for their candidate. But 100% marked for their candidate would be blatantly obvious. To match the previous ratio would require probably about 30 thousand total. City of Milwaukee had about 243.6 thousand originally counted votes. So that would inflate their vote by more than 10 percent. While the non-absentee ballots, recounted at each ward rather than centrally, barely moved at all. If that happens (even just a percent or two), it’s blatant fraud, vote manufacturing, etc. PERIOD.

            • Wasn’t making an accusation. Just describing how such things are finagled. I don’t think, or a least hope, we are not going to see such a thing. But if we do I think it is good for people to have a basic working knowledge of such a thing can be finagled within the system.
              In the interest of increased process integrity they really should have these ballots at each of the cities wards like they are for others. Would reduce the opportunity for fraud. Where there is opportunity somebody someday will take advantage of it.

              • P.S. Never under vote your ballot. At the very least do a write-in so that it can not be changed. If it is changed by marking one of the other candidates it is supposed to be disqualified as an over vote.

  7. The stock market was suppose to tank if Trump won. The opposite has happened. This recount is just to give the cry babies a chance to use of all of their energy whining and return to their miserable meaningless existence.

  8. They are holding Milwaukee recount results cause there are major issues with the absentee ballots there . They hoped for a miracle, like recount will be halted by a court decision (like Michigan). So now, unless they will be able to cover it up or stall it to the point they failed to complete it by Tuesday , Trump’s lead will grow and someone will go to jail.


  10. What the underlying data shows:
    – Excluding Milwaukee, for those precincts completed, the state-wide head to head original totals showed Trump leading Clinton 53.93% to 46.07%; after recount the head to head remains 53.93% to 46.07%.
    – Original Milwaukee head to head had Clinton up 80.68% to 19.32%.
    – Milwaukee posted recounts show approximately three quarters of the original talleys.
    – Recounts so far in Milwaukee show a slightly narrower Clinton advantage, 78.47% to 21.53%.
    – This would suggest that the remaining outstanding ballots in Milwaukee will go 87.1% Clinton to 12.9% Trump; in other words, uncounted absentee ballots would have to outpace Clinton’s running Milwaukee tally by 11% to get back to pre-recount ratios.

    Prediction: these “minor errors” will result in a gain of Trump votes. If the current ratios hold, Trump could pick up over 5,000 net votes in Milwaukee…… Draw your own conclusions.

  11. day 10 spreadsheet is out, per spreadsheet 2,678,007 votes are counted and Trump still leads, if the secretary of state spreadsheet means anything

  12. “And the game dragged on despite the late hour and the rubber table.”
    Someone needs to smack this Stein woman upside the head with the flat end of a shovel. She has wasted everyones’ time and taxpayer money long enough.

    • fun with spreadsheets, add up columns n and o, then add up columns v and w then add -v to the n sum and -w to the o sum and you should come close to the final result spoiler Trump still wins

  13. Milwaukee is counted but not made public, huh? Dems waiting to see how many votes they need to manufacture before announcing the “total” no doubt. Is Christine Gregoire advising them?