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Wisconsin Elections Commission releases recount timeline

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The last county canvass for the presidential election will be completed Tuesday in Wisconsin, starting the clock for President Donald Trump to file a recount.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has detailed a timeline for a recount, if one is requested.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 – The last county canvass is received. There are several counties outstanding, and some have indicated they will not be finished before November 17.

Wednesday, November 18 by 5:00 p.m. – The deadline for the aggrieved presidential candidate to file for a recount and submit payment.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 – The Commission Chair issues the Recount Order.  This starts the 13-day recount clock and is also the first day that recount boards can meet.

Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. – The deadline by which county boards of canvassers must convene for the recount (no later than 9:00 a.m. on the third day after the recount order is issued). 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – The  deadline to complete the recount.  This is also the deadline, under Wisconsin law, for WEC to certify results from the General Election.  Therefore, recounts must be completed and results must be filed with WEC by noon on December 1, 2020.  

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