The Wauwatosa city clerk's office is adept at counting votes.
A presidential race recount showed that the Wauwatosa vote total for Donald Trump was the exact same as the original count: 10,034 votes. Hillary Clinton's recount total shrunk by only three votes from the original count to 16,313.
Thirty-two poll workers and the Wauwatosa city clerk's office conducted a recount of the votes cast in the Nov. 8 presidential election between Dec. 5 and Dec. 7. The recount was led by the Milwaukee County Election Commission; the Wauwatosa portion was completed in the governmental public use building at 1901 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Other municipalities continued their recounts until Dec. 12.
Wauwatosa city clerk Carla Ledesma said her team had to recount over 29,000 ballots for Wauwatosa. She said most wards showed slight variances and many wards were "spot on" with their original counts.
"It was a special challenge due to the time constraints," Ledesma said. "We did a large number of wards at the same time and it was a lot of material to work through."
The commission had advised county clerks to complete their recount process by 8 p.m. Monday, Dec.12 so it could certify the results Dec. 13, which is the last day federal law guarantees a state’s electoral votes will reflect the popular vote when the Electoral College convenes Dec. 19.
In Milwaukee County, the recount showed that 441,053 total votes were cast and netted an increase of 806 votes over the original tally. Trump's county tally increased by 223 votes for a total of 126,069 while Clinton showed an increase of 25 votes for a total of 288,822. The remaining amount of the increase went to other names on the ballot including write-in votes. Voting in Milwaukee County is conducted by machines.
Statewide, Trump added 844 votes to his total while Clinton added 713 out of a total number of votes cast of 2.976 million.
“Completing this recount was a challenge, but the real winners are the voters,” Wisconsin Elections Commission Chairman Mark Thomsen said in a statement after signing off on the statewide results. “Based on the recount, they can have confidence that Wisconsin’s election results accurately reflect the will of the people, regardless of whether they are counted by hand or by machine.”
The recount of nearly 3 million votes began Dec. 1 after Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested it and agreed to pay the estimated $3.5 million cost. While the recount was underway, a federal judge rejected a lawsuit by Trump to halt the process.