WASHINGTON — President Trump’s re-election campaign will file a request for a recount of votes in two counties in the swing state of Wisconsin on Wednesday, citing illegally altered and issued absentee ballots.
Trump has repeatedly called for a review of ballots in the Badger State, which President-elect Joe Biden won by 20,565 votes, and the recount request will focus on the counties of Milwaukee and Dane with a price tag of $3 million.
His campaign, which will pay for the recount, claims that Wisconsin municipal clerks were directed by the state Electoral Commission to fill out incomplete absentee ballots using their own “personal knowledge” or databases at their disposal, a statement on Wednesday charged.
Clerks also reportedly issued absentee ballots to voters without having the required written application, violating state law, the campaign alleged.
“The people of Wisconsin deserve to know whether their election processes worked in a legal and transparent way,” Jim Troupis, counsel to the Trump campaign, said in a statement.
“Regrettably, the integrity of the election results cannot be trusted without a recount in these two counties and uniform enforcement of Wisconsin absentee ballot requirement,” he added.
The commander-in-chief’s cash-strapped campaign has sent hundreds of fundraising emails since the Nov. 3 election, asking supporters to contribute to their legal battle war chest as they file litigation in a handful of states.
Still, it’s unlikely that a formal recount will move Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes into Trump’s column.
The 2016 recount request by Stein only ended up delivering Trump another 131 votes over opponent Hillary Clinton.
A recount is currently underway in Georgia after Biden narrowly won the Peach State by 14,000 votes — the first Democratic presidential candidate to do so since Bill Clinton in 1992.
Officials there found some 2,600 uncounted ballots from a a Republican-leaning county on Monday but those votes alone are not enough to flip the state.
The president’s re-election campaign has focused their efforts on Pennsylvania where they have accused local Democratic officials of stealing the election without providing concrete evidence or affidavits from people who say they witnessed fraud or were shut out from observing the vote count.
Trump 2020 was forced to drop their legal fight in Arizona last week, acknowledging the case was moot because they were unlikely to overcome Biden’s lead.
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