The Trump campaign declared that it would ask for recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties, which vastly supported Biden. Because Biden’s margin in the state is greater than one-quarter of a percentage point, the Trump campaign has to foot the bill for the recount, according to Wisconsin state law. A recount of the entire state would’ve required $7.9 million.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission tweeted it got a wire transfer of $3 million from the Trump campaign soon before 11 a.m. Eastern though it had not yet got a petition from the campaign formally asking for the recount. The Trump campaign's petition came later on Wednesday.
The elections commission announced that there were no changes to actual absentee ballots received inside the envelopes as some have claimed. The witness signature and address information is all contained on the envelope in which the ballot is sent.
The recount is very unlikely to change the results in Wisconsin. In 2016, a statewide recount changed the totals in Trump’s favor by just 131 votes as he carried Wisconsin over Hillary Clinton.
The Trump campaign has attempted to disprove the results of the election since it became apparent that Trump had lost, claiming general impropriety and fraud without providing substantial evidence to back that up.
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.
he added, “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.” The campaign insisted that there were “the worst irregularities” in the two aforementioned counties.
Allies of the president, supported by a group named True the Vote, sued to invalidate results in some counties, including both Dane and Milwaukee, alleging improprieties had occurred there. True the Vote filed to voluntarily dismiss its lawsuits in Wisconsin and other states earlier in the week.