Nearly 400 uncounted ballots found in Wisconsin recount


MADISON, WIS. – Republicans filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to block certification of presidential election results even as a recount on US President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump is underway. The lawsuit echoes many of the same arguments Trump makes in trying, unsuccessfully, to dismiss tens of thousands of ballots in the recount. The lawsuit also picks up on a claim that a federal court rejected in September that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attempted to “illegally circumvent Wisconsin’s absentee voting laws” through grants from a center to nonprofit that it funds.

At least 10 cases have been filed across the country to stop certification in parts of all major battlefield states, including lawsuits brought by the Trump campaign in Michigan and Pennsylvania. So far none have succeeded.

Wisconsin election results are expected to be certified on December 1.

The Wisconsin lawsuit was brought by attorney Erick Kaardal, a former Minnesota Republican Party official who also represented rapper Kanye West in his unsuccessful trial attempting to go to the polls in Wisconsin. Kaardal represents a conservative group called the Wisconsin Voters Alliance and a host of Republican voters.

Kaardal also filed an unsuccessful federal lawsuit in Wisconsin, which sought to prevent $ 6.3 million from being awarded to five strongly democratic cities by the nonprofit Center for Technology and Civic Life, which is primarily funded by Zuckerberg and his wife. A judge dismissed a lawsuit that the money was bribery to bolster Democratic participation in Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee and Racine.

Many of the same arguments alleging that the money was allocated illegally and therefore the election results should be overturned are presented in the retrial in state court.

Other claims mirror those of Trump’s campaign. These allegations allege that postal ballots should not have been counted when election officials filled in the missing information on the certification envelope that contains the ballot and voters who identified themselves as “indefinitely. confined ”were lying to avoid state photo ID law.

The Wisconsin Election Commission advises clerks that they can fill in missing information on ballot envelopes, such as a witness’s address. It has been the practice for years and has never been questioned.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court this spring upheld the state’s election commission guidelines that it is up to each voter to decide whether they are incarcerated indefinitely. More than 215,000 voters this year said they were confined, allowing them to vote without having to show photo ID. The trial says more than 96,000 self-identified confined voters should not count.

Biden won Wisconsin by 20,608 votes, but the lawsuit says more than 156,000 ballots should be rejected.

The lawsuit alleges that more than 14,000 ballots “requested on behalf of a Republican registered by someone other than that person” were cast and more than 12,000 “Republican ballots” were returned but not counted. People don’t register to vote by political party in Wisconsin, so it’s impossible to know how many Republicans or Democrats have requested postal votes.

Reid Magney, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Election Commission, made no comment. A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Justice Department, who is reportedly defending herself against the lawsuit, made no immediate comment.

The lawsuit seeks to give the power to appoint presidential voters to the Republican-controlled legislature. Wisconsin state law allows political parties to choose voters, which was done in October. Once the election results are certified, which is slated for December 1, the predetermined voters will vote for the winner on December 14.

The lawsuit comes as the recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties resulted in very few voting changes. As of Tuesday morning, Trump got just 57 votes. Trump only paid a recount in the two counties with the most Democratic votes.

Nearly 400 absent ballots cast in Milwaukee that were not opened on election day were discovered Tuesday, a mistake the city’s top election official attributed to human error. The county canvassing office unanimously voted to count the ballots as part of the recount.

“If there is one positive thing to come out of the recount, it’s that indeed every vote is counted, including those 386s,” said Milwaukee Chief Electoral Officer Claire Woodall-Vogg.

The recounts in both counties were on track to be completed on time.


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