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Clerks prepare for recount on Wednesday

MADISON (WKOW) – Wisconsin's 72 county clerks have until Wednesday to get ready for the recount in the state Supreme Court race.

The Government Accountability Board gave the official order today.           

Joanne Kloppenburg requested the recount after she came 7,316 votes behind Justice David Prosser.

County clerks says they are going to do everything they can to finish in two weeks.

The GAB went over recount procedures for the Supreme Court race at the Capitol.

GAB staff told county clerks state law gives them 13 days to finish the recount. That falls on a Sunday, so they set the deadline for Monday, May 9th.

"It's going to be kind of chaos at the beginning to get started," said Dane County Clerk Karen Peters.

Peters says her staff will be working twelve-hour days, even on weekends.

She says that still might not be enough.

"It's going to be very, very tough to get it done by midnight," she said. "We may end up having the day or so extension on it."

That extension can only be granted in court.

"I think if we're doing 12 hours, seven days a week they would understand we're doing what we can to get it done," Peters said.

The GAB is requiring all counties to send recount results to them daily.

GAB Director Kevin Kennedy wants to make sure everyone can track the progress.

"A recount because it's statewide draws a lot of attention."

He says two good things will come out of this recount.

"One: The candidates and the public need to be assured of that the outcome the counties certified is the same outcome after the recount," Kennedy said. "The second thing is, this is an opportunity for us to evaluate how we run elections."

Still, there are concerns about cost.

Kennedy wouldn't put a number on it.

He says mostly it means people working on the recount instead of other things.

"The cost is the opportunity cost of what we have to put off until next month and the month after to get it done."

Recount rooms are open to the public, but you have to follow some rules to get in.

People watching will be limited to a certain area of the room.

Click here to see full details on rules for observers in recount rooms.

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