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The biggest news of the week for the Coulee Region was the recount for Senate District 32 between Dan Kapanke and Jennifer Shilling. As an official observer for the Kapanke campaign, I spent the week looking over the shoulders of poll workers and clerk staff to observe that all laws and procedures were followed. What I witnessed was a memorable lesson in how our elections work and the people we rely on every election to get it right.
I want to thank and commend the tabulators who were doing all the work at the table that I observed this week. Liz, Leah, Bill, Ardelle, Paula, Pat, Sue, and Nancy were professional and courteous and very keen on making sure that every vote counted. These are just a few of the remarkable people that work behind the scenes every election so that the process runs smoothly. God bless you all for your efforts!
I only observed for a few hours in the morning of day three for the Senate District 32 recount. Up this time was the Town of Holland.
The team I observed was tasked with reconciling the absentee envelopes and the poll records while another table of election workers was handling the ballots. There were a couple of oddities including a plain business envelope which did not appear to have a valid witness certificate. After working through the pile the election team did find the certificate which must have dislodged somehow.
In addition, there were 2 that had been rejected for containing no signature and one rejected because it was received late (two days after the election). There was also one envelope that did not have the appropriate witness address information included. The Kapanke legal council objected to it but the clerk counted it.
Kapanke - 1359
The second day of the Senate District 32 recount was much like the first day: a lot of counting.
I began by observing the team recounting the West Salem votes. There were some issues with the machines there on election day so I paid close attention for any issues that might arise. I asked for two ballots to be set aside for legal council to review. One had no signature where the clerk usually signs and the second showed markings in both Kapanke and Shilling with a sine wave marking through the Kapanke selection. The legal council decided that these were acceptable votes for Shilling.
I am an official observer of the Senate District 32 recount taking place in La Crosse County. I will post quick notes after each day of the recount.
Let me know if you have any questions about the proceedings or suggestions about what to focus my observations on. I think this is going to be a terrific experience in how our elections work and I look forward to any feedback you might have.
Day one was mostly about learning the procedures that the canvassing team goes through. They spent a lot of time verifying the numbers from the official canvas for some of the smaller municipalities and the larger ones will begin tomorrow.
Stay tuned for more!