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Milwaukee County presidential recount wraps up with Biden adding to his margin over Trump

  • November 28, 2020

coronavirus pandemic.

And Christenson, a Democrat, and the three-member Board of Canvassers’ lone Republican, Rick Baas, highlighted the bipartisan work during the recount. 

Baas said he trusted the Trump campaign “is looking forward to its day in court” and that some things had to be corrected during the recount. 

“It is important for people to understand how their government works,” Baas said. “A recount is just that: a recount. Now, there’s evidence that will be taken to another level and it will be reviewed there, but this body has conducted itself in a manner that is exemplary. We were not the rest of the country. We did not have yelling, screaming, shouting. We had counsel that could make an articulate argument. We’ve done the best we can do given the circumstances that we’re under.” 

The Dane County recount was expected to continue into the weekend, after a day off for Thanksgiving. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell tweeted Friday morning that the recount was about 65% done and he expected to finish Sunday.

The recounts have to be completed by Tuesday, in time for the state Elections Commission to certify the results by a deadline for that day set in state law.

Trump’s campaign paid $3 million for the partial recount in the Nov. 3 presidential election, requesting a retallying of the votes only in the state’s largest and most liberal counties of Milwaukee and Dane.

Trump lost the state by nearly 21,000 votes to Biden.

The defeat came after Trump won the swing state by a similarly narrow margin in his 2016 race against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The campaign has unsuccessfully tried to get large swaths of votes thrown out in Milwaukee and Dane counties, but the controversy over the votes may not end when the recounts do.

set the stage for a lawsuit. A legal challenge has the potential to further change the vote tally the county arrived at Friday.

But since the recount began, the ground has shifted across the nation, with the key states of Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania certifying their vote tallies for Biden and the Trump administration clearing the way for Biden’s transition into the White House to officially begin.

Milwaukee County finishes recount days before Dec. 1 deadline

former Ozaukee County judge, over the enforcement of a policy limiting the taking of photos by observers. At one point, Posnanski told Voiland he was reminded of the peasant from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” who yells, “Help, help I’m being repressed.

And, of course, there was the brief squabble over the poop emoji wristbands handed out Tuesday by the Wisconsin Center to denote that those who entered the building were fever-free.

found 386 unopened and uncounted absentee ballots from a south side ward. The Board of Canvassers voted unanimously, 3-0, that the ballot envelopes should be opened and ballots counted.

In the subsequent days, the city realized it had misplaced 65 additional ballots. City Election Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg reported to the board Wednesday that the ballots had been found only to report Friday that they remained missing.

“After I had gone before the board, I looked at (the ballots) and my heart just sunk,” Woodall-Vogg told the Journal Sentinel of realizing the ballots actually remained misplaced.

Christenson said the 65 missing ballots would not be counted unless they could be found Friday before the county’s election results were certified. The ballots were not accounted for Friday.

There were 344,220 absentee ballot applications filed in Milwaukee County for the November election, with 108,947 voters participating via in-person absentee voting, according to data provided by the county from the statewide voter registration database. Of the requested ballots, 18,408 were not returned. Of the absentee voters, 51,060 self-certified as indefinitely confined, allowing them to vote absentee without meeting the state photo ID requirements.  

Over the course of the recount, election workers were instructed to set aside absentee envelopes with different color ink denoting that a clerk completed a witness address and absentee envelopes that identify indefinitely confined voters. The Trump campaign had standing objections to those ballots but was overruled by the board, which agreed to set aside the envelopes.

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