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St. Croix County set to recount ballots

St. Croix County Clerk Cindy Campbell was preparing Tuesday for the recount procedure for the votes cast April 5 in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race.

The recount was to commence at 9 a.m. Wednesday and continue for more than a week. "It will take eight days if not more," Campbell said Tuesday. "We have to be done by May 9."

Supreme Court Justice David Prossser won the state-wide spring election by 7,316 votes over JoAnn Kloppenburg. The margin was less than one-half of one percent allowing Kloppenburg to petition for a recount.

Campbell said 16,723 ballots were cast in St. Croix County and some 4,567 have to be counted by hand. Each county foots the bill for the process. "It will probably cost the county more than $5,000," Campbell said. "I've had to purchase a database for $500 because the state wants only the Supreme Court recount on it."

Campbell estimated about 22 percent of eligible voters turned out for the April election which was a marked increase over the 2010 spring election when eight percent went to the polls and 2009 with 14 percent showed up.

Campbell has five to seven people on the schedule for each day to help with the recount. The crew includes the board of canvass and other municipal clerks.