What's next for tight primary races?

CREATED Aug 13, 2014

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A couple of last night's primary races are just about too close to call, so recounts could be in order.

 
But how do they work?
 
Our Jon Meerdink said it's a pretty involved process to get an election fully verified and certified. It all starts with the county canvass board.
 
"There are 10 or 11 counties within that disrict and so each of those counties has to get their canvass done first," said Reid Magney with the Government Accountability Board. "They're all wokring at the same time to finish up."
 
Maney said a canvass involves checking voting numbers to make sure everything lines up as it's supposed to. 
 
"They go through all the election night returns. They verify that all the numbers are correct and they put everything together," Magney said. 
 
If we get through the canvass and the race is still close, then it's up to the candidate if they want a recount. 
 
"Wisconsin does not have automatic recount," Magney said. "The losing candidate has to ask for it. Whether they pay for it or how much they pay for it depends upon what the margin of differences between the top two candidates."
 
If the margin between the candidates is under half a percent, the recount is free. If it's under 2 percent, it's $5 per ward. And if it's above 2 percent, the candidate asking for a recount has to pay for the whole cost. 
 
So how long is it going to be before we know if we're going to have a recount?
 
"We're looking at the middle to late of next week, realistically," Magney said. "Outside case, it might be the 25th or something before we start getting to recount requests."