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Wis. Assembly to Take up new Recount Fees

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would increase election recount fees.

Currently candidates can request a free recount if the margin between them is less than half-a-percent of the votes cast. If the margin is between half-a-percent and 2 percent the requestor pays $5 per ward. If the margin is more than 2 percent the requestor pays the full cost.

The Republican bill would reduce the threshold for free recounts to a quarter of a percent and raise ward fees to $25. Requestors would pay the full cost if the margin is 1 percent or greater.

The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill Tuesday. The body was set to vote in November but minority Democrats used a procedural maneuver to delay the proceedings.


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