Donald Trump campaign observers ‘obstructing recount’ of presidential results, say Wisconsin officials – World News , Firstpost


With no precedent for a recount canceling such a margin, Trump’s strategy is widely seen as aimed at a possible legal challenge, part of a push in key states to reverse his electoral loss.

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Milwaukee: Election officials in the largest county in Wisconsin accused observers for President Donald Trump of seeking to obstruct the recount of presidential results, in some cases by opposing every tabulation of the ballots drawn to count.

Trump called for the recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, both strongly liberal, hoping to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s victory by 20,600 votes.

With no precedent for a recount canceling such a margin, Trump’s strategy is widely seen as aimed at a possible legal challenge, part of a push in key states to reverse his electoral loss.

A constant stream of Republican complaints in Milwaukee was significantly delaying the recount, County Clerk George Christenson said on Saturday. He said many Trump watchers were breaking the rules by constantly interrupting vote counters with questions and comments.

“This is unacceptable,” he said. He said some of Trump’s watchers “clearly don’t know what they’re doing.”

Tim Posnanski, the county’s election commissioner, told fellow commissioners that there appeared to be two Trump representatives at some tables where tabulators were counting ballots, breaking rules that require one observer from each campaign per table.

Posnanski said some of Trump’s representatives appeared to be posing as independents.

At a recount table, a Trump watcher objected to every ballot tabulators pulled out of a bag simply because they were bent, election officials told the panel.

Posnanski called it “prima facie evidence of the bad faith of the Trump campaign.” He later added: “I want to know what’s going on and why there are still obstacles.”

Joe Voiland, a lawyer speaking to members of the commission on behalf of the Trump campaign, denied that his side was acting in bad faith. “I want to get to the point of putting everything together… and not yelling at each other,” Voiland said.

At least one Trump observer was escorted out of the building by sheriff’s deputies on Saturday after pushing an election official who lifted his coat from an observer chair. Another Trump watcher was fired on Friday for failing to properly wear a face mask.

Trump paid $ 3 million, as required by state law, for the partial recount which began Friday and is due to end on December 1.

His team seeks to disqualify ballots when election clerks have filled in the missing address information on the certification envelope where the ballot is inserted, even though the practice has long been accepted in Wisconsin.

The campaign also alleges that thousands of absent ballots do not have proper written documentation and that some absent voters have improperly declared themselves “indefinitely confined”, a status that allows them to receive a ballot without a photo. ‘identity. These challenges were dismissed.

There have been at least 31 state election recounts in the United States since Florida’s most famous presidential election in 2000. The recounts changed the outcome of three races. The three were decided by hundreds of votes, not thousands.

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