Canvass in 18th District underway

OSHKOSH — Winnebago County began the process double checking election results for the extremely close 18th District state Senate race Thursday.
The race came down to a difference of 590 votes.

Jessica King has yet to concede to apparent winner Rick Gudex. King said she wanted to wait until the counties involved finished their canvassing of votes.

It's a process done for every race in the state no matter how close the results are.

Winnebago County began the process at the courthouse Thursday. County Clerk Sue Ertmer and her staff spent the day sorting through inspection sheets, ballot totals and crunching the numbers. What they found was what Ertmer said she expected.

"We've had to adjust some write-in tallies, but nothing from the actual candidates."

The canvassing process is not a recount of the ballots. The canvas only verifies information reported on election night so the results can be sent to the GAB for certification and a winner officially declared.

"We don't look at the ballots, that would be done if there is a recount. In this process we are just looking at the results tapes and verifying the numbers we got on election nights match those on the results tape," said Ertmer.

And watching the workers are representatives from both campaigns. Making sure there are no mistakes or errors that could throw the results into question.

"Senator King represents every part of the 18th District, all voters and we want to make sure that every vote counts," said Brad Wojciechowski, communications director for the State Senate Democratic Committee.

"The vote total is 590 votes that we are up by right now and I anticipate it to be very close to that when we are done," said Tim Lakin, campaign manager for Rick Gudex.

Fond du Lac and Dodge counties will conduct their canvasses next week. Results for the race need to be received by the GAB by November 20. Jessica King would then have until November 24 to request a recount. A process her representatives say she has yet to think about.

"She'll sit down with her supporters at the proper time when the board of canvassers finish their canvass and make a decision when that time comes," said Wojciechowski.

Meaning this race may not be over anytime soon.

If King would decide to request a recount, it would start on November 26.

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