US Election: Trump Campaign Seeks Partial Recount In Wisconsin
By Pioneer Team
November 20, 2020
resident Donald Trump is to
seek a partial recount of
votes in the state of Wisconsin, which his rival Joe Biden
is projected to win by 20,000
Hours before a Wednesday
deadline, the Trump campaign
said it wanted a recount in the
counties of Milwaukee and Dane,
Mr Trump has been making
unsubstantiated claims of fraud
and refusing to initiate a handover.
Mr Biden says delaying the
transition will damage the US pandemic response.
The Trump campaign has filed
a flurry of lawsuits contesting the
results in key states, although election officials say there is no evidence of widespread irregularities.
Despite the lack of proof, up
to half of Republican voters believe the president's claim that the
election was rigged against him, a
Reuters/Ipsos poll suggests.
President-elect Biden, a Democrat, is projected to have won the
popular vote by more than 5.6
million ballots - 3.6 percentage
points. In the US electoral college
system that decides the presidency, he has 306 votes to Mr
The president would have to
overturn results in at least three
states to win the election, which
analysts say would be unprecedented.
A manual recount has been taking place in Georgia, where Mr
Biden is 14,000 votes ahead. Results are expected to be released
later on Thursday
Under Wisconsin law, Mr
Trump has the right to request a
recount because the margin of Mr
Biden's win was less than 1 per
cent but greater than 0.25 per cent.
However, his campaign must first
cover the expenses of the operation.
State officials said on Wednesday they had received $3m
(Â£2.2m) from the Trump campaign to cover the costs of the
recount, which is expected to take
about two weeks.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission said on Monday that a
full recount would have cost an
In its request for a partial recount, the Trump re-election campaign alleged that absentee ballots - those made by post - had
been altered and improperly issued, and voter identity laws had
been circumvented. It did not provide any evidence.
Milwaukee and Dane, both traditionally Democratic-leaning areas, together represent more than
a third of Mr Biden's Wisconsin
votes, the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel reported. In Milwaukee,
Mr Biden won by 317,270 votes
to 134,357 while in Dane County
the margin was 260,185 to 78,800
in Mr Biden's favour.
Trump campaign lawyers had
a one-day window to file for a
recount in Wisconsin - and took
advantage of it. They only want
to review the ballots in two
heavily Democratic counties
around college-town Madison and
big-city Milwaukee, however.
That suggests that the real purpose behind the move isn't to arrive at an accurate tabulation of
the votes, but rather to find what
they allege are incidents of voter
fraud in Democratic-dominated