LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The public can watch the recount process as long as the rules are followed.
Here are those rules, as provided by the La Crosse County Clerk's office:
RULES FOR OBSERVERS
Boards of Canvassers shall implement rules for observers as follows:
1. Pursuant to s. 9.01 (1) (b) 11., Stats., the recount of any election shall be
open to any interested member of the public including candidates and their
2. Observers and candidates' representatives and assistants shall conform
their conduct to the following requirements and the Boards of Canvassers shall
exercise its authority to regulate conduct of observers and candidates'
representatives and assistants.
A. The Boards of Canvassers may limit observers to a designated
area. If there is not room for all observers to view the ballots as they are
being counted, visual preference shall be given to the candidates or their
B. If any observer engages in any loud, boisterous, or otherwise
disruptive behavior that, in the opinion of a Board of Canvassers, threatens
the orderly conduct of the count, the Board of Canvassers shall issue a
warning and, if the observer does not cease the offending conduct, order
the observer's removal
C. Observers shall be permitted to use a video or still camera inside
the recount location unless it is disruptive or interferes with the
administration of the recount.
D. Questions and challenges shall be directed to the member of the
Boards of Canvassers designated to receive questions and challenges or
objections. Observers may not ask questions of the Boards of Canvassers.
Only the designated representative of the candidates may ask questions of
or make challenges or objections to the Boards of Canvassers. Candidates
may designate serial representatives,. but only one at any given time shall
be designated to address the Boards of Canvassers.
E. Candidates' designated representatives may have assistants
monitoring tabulators' activities. These assistants are permitted to ask
clarifying questions regarding poll list reconciliation and may request that
ballots are set aside for further review during the ballot sorting process. If
the assistants desire to make a challenge or objection, the assistants shall
bring the matter to the attention of the candidates' respective designated
representative that is permitted to ask questions of or make challenges or
objections to the Boards of Canvassers.
F. All observers, candidates' representatives and assistants, and
volunteers shall sign in before entering the recount room and out before
leaving the recount room. Representatives of the candidates and their
assistants, as well as the media, shall wear distinguishing name tags.
G. Observers should refrain from engaging in excess conversation or
making noise that is distracting to the Boards of Canvassers or tabulators.
Excess conversation and noise that is determined by the Boards of
Canvassers to be distracting to the process shall result in first a warning to
the offender(s) and if another violation occurs, ejection from the recount
H. As recount room size dictates, Boards of Canvassers may
reasonably and fairly limit the number of observers present.
3. The following items CANNOT be carried into the recount room:
Pencils or Pens with Black or Blue Ink
4. The Boards of Canvassers and Tabulators are the ONL Y people authorized to
touch the ballots and elections materials in ANY way.
5. Coffee, water, and other drinks may be in the recount room, but shall NOT be
allowed to sit on tables in the ballot counting area or the vicinity of any election
or recount materials.
6. Food items in the recount room are allowed, but must not be noisy, shall be
disposed of properly, and in no circumstances may food items go beyond the
boundary line marked on the recount room floor.
7. Anyone creating a disturbance, failing to follow the above rules, or failing to
follow other rules as established by a Board of Canvassers, shall first receive a
warning and if another violation occurs, shall be ejected from the recount room.