Wisconsin, which was a crucial state in the US presidential election, He concluded the vote count the day before and confirmed the victory of Democrat Joe Biden over President Donald Trump. The outgoing president promised to challenge the result in court even before the count was finalized.
“As we have said, the count only served to reaffirm Joe Biden’s victory in Wisconsin”, stated Danielle Melfi, who led the Democrat’s campaign in the state, in a statement sent to the agency The Associated Press.
Dane County was the second and last county to finish its count, reporting that Trump won just 45 more votes. The state’s other large and overwhelmingly liberal county, Milwaukee County – where a recount was made that the Trump campaign paid $ 3 million for – reported its results on Friday: Biden obtained 132 more ballots.
On the whole, the recount in the two counties barely changed the Democratic leader’s margin of victory of about 20,600 votes, giving the winner a net gain of just 87 votes.
Unprecedented for reversing a result as broad as Biden’s, Trump was expected to go to court once the recount was over. The president’s campaign has challenged thousands of votes sent by mail during the count, and even before it was concluded Trump tweeted that he would sue.
“The Wisconsin count is not about finding errors in the count, it is about finding people who have voted illegally and that case will be presented after the count ends, on Monday or Tuesday,” said the Republican president last Saturday on their social networks. “We have found many illegal votes. Pay attention!”.
Trump campaign officials did not immediately respond to requests for The Associated Press for their comments.
The deadline to certify the vote is Tuesday. The certification is done by the Democratic chairman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, who is bipartisan.
The Wisconsin Voters Alliance, a conservative group, has already filed a lawsuit against state election officials seeking to prevent the results from being certified. He makes many of the allegations Trump is planning to make. The Democratic Governor’s Attorneys Tony Evers They have asked the local Supreme Court to dismiss the complaint. Evers said the lawsuit is a “confusing mix of legal distortions” that uses misrepresentations of fact in an attempt to deprive millions of Wisconsin residents of the right to vote.
Another lawsuit filed over the weekend by Dean Mueller, a Wisconsin resident, alleges that mailboxes are illegal and should not be counted.
Trump’s attorneys have complained about absentee voting in which voters identified themselves as “indefinitely confined,” allowing them to cast an absentee vote without showing photo identification; of the votes that have a certification envelope with two colors of ink, noting that a poll worker could have helped complete the process; and absentee votes that do not have a separate written record of their application, as in the case of absentee votes cast in person.
Election officials in the two counties tallied those votes during the recount, but flagged them as evidence at the request of the Trump campaign.
The president’s campaign has already failed in other courts in which he did not present evidence that there was widespread fraud in the elections, which experts broadly agree did not exist. Trump’s impeachments have failed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
With AP information
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