The state Assembly has approved a bill reworking election recount fees. The Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote Tuesday. The Senate approved it last month. It goes next to Gov. Scott Walker. Currently recounts are free if the margin is less than 10 votes with fewer than 1,000 votes cast or less than half-a-percent in larger elections.
Requesters pay $5 per ward if the margin is 10 votes in smaller elections or falls between half-a-percent and 2 percent in bigger contests. Requesters pay full costs if it’s greater than 2 percent.
Under the bill, recounts would be free if the margin is less than 10 votes with fewer than 4,000 votes or no more than 0.25 percent in larger elections. Otherwise requesters would pay full costs.