Trump Campaign to File for Partial Recount in Battleground State

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The Trump campaign revealed plans to spend $3 million to file for a partial recount in Wisconsin. The Trump campaign alleges that Wisconsin government officials gave illegal advice and accepted illegally-altered absentee ballots. The campaign is filing the petition for a recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties.

In a report from Fox News:

The campaign is expected to file a petition for a recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties on Wednesday, claiming that the Wisconsin Elections Commission directed Wisconsin municipal clerks to “illegally alter incomplete absentee ballots contrary to Wisconsin law,” and said that clerks were instructed that they could “rely on their own ‘personal knowledge,’ or unspecified ‘lists or databases at his or her disposal’ to add missing information on returned absentee ballots.”

The Trump campaign said Wednesday that clerks issued absentee ballots to voters in Wisconsin without requiring an application, which they say is “in direct conflict with Wisconsin’s absentee voting safeguards.”

The campaign said that these ballots were issued during the two-week in-person absentee voting period, which ran between Oct. 20 and Nov. 1.

“The people of Wisconsin deserve to know whether their election processes worked in a legal and transparent way. Regrettably, the integrity of the election results cannot be trusted without a recount in these two counties and uniform enforcement of Wisconsin absentee ballot requirements. We will not know the true results of the election until only the legal ballots cast are counted,” Jim Troupis, counsel to the Trump campaign, said in a statement. “We will not stop fighting for transparency and integrity in our electoral process to ensure that all Americans can trust the results of a free and fair election in Wisconsin and across the country.”

President Trump has yet to concede the election to Joe Biden, the projected winner by multiple news outlets. The Trump campaign’s decision to file for a recount in Wisconsin comes amid a hand recount in Georgia.


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