In a recount of the election in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, which cost the Trump campaign $ 3 million, rival Joe Biden slightly increased his lead as the president’s lawyers prepare new legal challenges.
The country completed its presidential recount on Friday, seeing only minor changes in the number of votes for either of the two Wisconsin counties that were counting ballots.
President-elect Joe Biden’s lead increased by 132 votes after county electoral officials counted over 450,000 votes. Biden, a Democrat, won the state by nearly 20,600 votes, and his lead in Milwaukee and Dane counties was about 2 to 1.
Trump paid for a recount in both counties, which have large numbers of Democratic voters in attendance.
Trump had received 68 votes over Biden in Dane County by Friday morning, but election officials there don’t expect to finish by Sunday.
According to CNBC, the Trump campaign has already sent $ 3 million to Wisconsin officials to pay for the recount.
According to a recount in Milwaukee County, President-elect Joe Biden’s lead actually increased by 132 votes. Biden has now won the state of Wisconsin with around 20,600 votes
The recount in Dane County, also in Milwaukee, is ongoing and should be completed on Sunday
Milwaukee County votes rose for both candidates after election officials found several hundred ballots earlier this week.
Claire Woodall-Vogg, the chief electoral officer for the city of Milwaukee, said the ballots were initially not counted due to “human error”.
“I promised this would be a transparent and fair process, and it was,” said George Christenson, Milwaukee County’s administrative clerk.
Trump’s campaign appears to be preparing a legal challenge to change the election result, but his window of action is narrow. The deadline for voting confirmation in Wisconsin is Tuesday.
Certification is provided by the non-partisan Democratic Chair of the Wisconsin Election Commission.
The Wisconsin Voters Alliance, a conservative group, has already filed a lawsuit against election officials to block the certification of the results. It reflects many of the claims Trump is expected to make.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ attorneys filed a response to the lawsuit on Friday, calling it a “brazen attack on democracy itself”. They asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss her.
The Trump campaign paid $ 3 million for the Wisconsin recounts. The state will confirm its election results on Tuesday
The Trump campaign addresses a new legal challenge of banning tens of thousands of postal ballot papers for various reasons. Pictured: Donald Trump plays golf on Friday
While Donald Trump has not yet conceded the election, he is now starting the transition to a Biden presidency
Evers, a Democrat, said the group’s lawsuit was a “mess of legal distortions” using factual misrepresentation to steal the vote from millions of Wisconsin residents.
He argues that failure to certify election results would upset other election results across the state and throw the government into chaos.
Trump’s lawyers have targeted postal ballot papers where voters identified themselves as “indefinitely” allowing them to hand in a postal ballot without photo ID. Ballot papers with a certification envelope in two different colors of ink, indicating that an election officer may have helped fill it out; and postal ballot papers for which no separate written record is available, such as B. personal postal ballot papers.
Election officials counted these ballots during the recount but marked them as exhibits at the request of the Trump campaign.
Trump’s campaign has already failed elsewhere in court with no evidence of widespread fraud, which experts largely agree that it does not exist. Trump’s legal challenges have failed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
On Monday the federal government recognized Biden as the “obvious winner” of the November 3rd election over Trump. Although Trump continued his attacks on the elections, he said he supported Biden in making the switch.