Trump campaign fails to toss thousands of ballots during Wisconsin recount


The Trump campaign has set the stage for possible litigation in Wisconsin after it unsuccessfully attempted to eliminate tens of thousands of ballots from being tallied.

As Wisconsin’s two-county recount began on Friday, Christ Troupis, an attorney for the president’s campaign, asked the Dane County Board of Canvassers to throw out ballots that it said should not be included in the election’s results. The three-member board, consisting of two Democrats and one Republican, decided unanimously against most of Troupis’s requests.

President Trump’s team opted to hold a recount only in Milwaukee and Dane counties, both of which voted overwhelmingly for President-elect Joe Biden. Troupis asked that the board not include early in-person votes, mail-in ballots in which the applications are not able to be found, and the ballots of voters who listed themselves as “indefinitely confined” to their residences and were thus exempted from providing photo identification.

The first two requests failed unanimously, while the last one failed 2-1, with the Republican board member voting in favor, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The issue of indefinitely confined voters is one that Republicans in the state have raised major concerns about. A GOP official told the Washington Examiner that Republicans in the Badger State are certain that the process has been abused, noting that the number of indefinitely confined voters shot from 72,000 in 2019 to a whopping 243,000 this year. The Dane County Clerk’s Office's March guidance that voters could list themselves as indefinitely confined because of the state’s coronavirus restrictions was shot down by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The objections raised about including the ballots the Trump campaign wanted tossed create a possible harbinger for legal action to come after the recount concludes. Milwaukee and Dane counties have until Dec. 1 to finish the recount.

The Washington Examiner reached out to the Trump campaign for comment about possible Wisconsin litigation but did not immediately receive a response.

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