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Little change in Wisconsin recount results

MADISON, Wis. - Six Wisconsin counties have completed recounting ballots in the presidential race and the margin between winner Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has not changed.

Both Clinton and Trump lost 20 votes each in the six counties that had finished as of Monday morning. Trump won Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes. The recount that began Thursday was requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. She also requested recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said Dane County is about one-third of the way done with its recount with more than 100,000 counted as of Monday.

"To date we have found that the machines are extremely accurate. As in any recount, a few ballots were marked in a way that could not be read by the tabulator, but the voter intent is clear. For example, the candidate's name was circled but the oval was not completed. There have been a few examples of incomplete absentee certificates that has caused a draw-down of ballots per the recount guidelines provided by the state," McDonell said in a release.

A draw down is the removal of a ballot to compensate for a ballot that should not have been allowed in the first place, but was allowed by mistake, according to the release.

"The process has been very smooth. The workers we have hired have been excellent and the observers have been diligent and respectful at all times," McDonell said.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission says no significant issues have been reported after four full days of recounting. It says any changes between canvass results and recount totals have been due to human error.

The Elections Commission says the recount is on track to be done by the state-imposed deadline of 8 p.m. Dec. 12. All states must certify election results by Dec. 13.


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