STATE OF THE 2020 WISCONSIN RECOUNT
Here is the latest information for the recounts that were requested by the Trump Campaign in Milwaukee County and Dane County.
See below for answers to frequently asked questions.
2020 WISCONSIN RECOUNT VOTES UPDATE
* Wisconsin recount results are in: Biden-Harris net 87 new votes statewide. *
Milwaukee County Recount: Complete, net 132 new Biden-Harris votes found
Dane County Recount: Complete, net 45 new votes for Trump-Pence
The following links represent the total recount vote count as of the end of the date indicated.
2020 General Election Recount Vote Count 11-28-20: Click here
2020 General Election Recount Vote Count 11-27-20: Click here
2020 General Election Recount Vote Count 11-26-20: Click here
2020 General Election Recount Vote Count 11-25-20: Click here
2020 General Election Recount Vote Count 11-24-20: Click here
On 11/24/20, the following explanation of changes per reporting unit was released regarding Dane County: “Town of Westport Wards 1-5: 32 absentee certificates found to be missing the witness address, 3 missing the witness signature and 1 missing the voter signature. A drawdown was done resulting in a loss of 28 votes for Biden/Harris and a loss of 8 votes for Trump/Pence.”
HOW THE RECOUNT STARTED
On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, a recount petition was filed by Donald J. Trump, a candidate for the office of President of the United States at the General Election held on November 3, 2020.
The petition requests a recount of all ballots in all wards in every City, Village, Town and other voting unit in Dane and Milwaukee Counties.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) staff reviewed the petition and determined the petition was sufficient, and that a fee of $2,809,682.12 would be required to proceed.
On that same day, the Wisconsin Elections Commission received confirmation that $3,000,000 was received from Donald J. Trump.
ORDER FOR A PARTIAL RECOUNT OF THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION VOTES IN WISCONSIN
Accordingly, Ann S. Jacobs, Chair of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, ordered that:
- A recount be conducted of all the votes cast for the office of President of the United States in every City, Village, Town and other voting unit at the General Election held on November 3, 2020, in Dane and Milwaukee counties in Wisconsin.
- The Board of Canvassers of each County may convene upon the date of this order (November 19, 2020), but no later than 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2020 to begin the recount.
- The Board of Canvassers of each County shall conduct the recount using the ballot count method selected per Wis. Stat. § 5.90(1) unless otherwise ordered by a court per Wis. Stat. §5.90(2).
- Each County Clerk shall post a notice of the Board of Canvassers’ public meeting, pursuant to the Open Meetings Law, including any dates or times that the Board adjourns or reconvenes.
Each County Clerk shall immediately notify the WEC of the location of its Board of Canvassers meeting, if the Clerk has not already provided that information and the WEC shall publish the location of each county’s Board meeting on its website as soon as practicable after receipt.
- The recount shall be completed by the Board of Canvassers for the applicable counties immediately, but no later than 12:00 p.m. on December 1, 2020 to allow the Wisconsin Elections Commission to conduct its canvass and certify the result.
- Each County Clerk shall transmit an email communication to the WEC, at the end of each day of the Board of Canvasser’s meeting, listing the reporting units completed that day and a tally of the votes cast for each candidate and the scattering votes which were counted that day. The email communication shall be in a form prescribed by the WEC.
- Each county clerk shall transmit a certified canvass report of the result of the recount and a copy of the minutes of the recount proceedings to the Wisconsin Elections Commission immediately after the completion of the county’s recount in the manner specified by the WEC.
WHERE IS THE RECOUNT TAKING PLACE?
Dane County is meeting at the Monona Terrace in Madison. Milwaukee County is meeting at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.
WHEN DOES THE RECOUNT HAVE TO BE COMPLETED BY?
December 1, 2020 – the same day that the Wisconsin Elections Commission must certify the new statewide results of the election.
WHAT IF THE RECOUNT ISN’T DONE BY DECEMBER 1?
Based upon the recounted vote totals shown below, it appears that the recounts in Dane County and Milwaukee County will indeed finish by the deadline.
WHAT IS THE “INDEFINITELY CONFINED” VOTERS ISSUE RAISED BY TRUMP?
According to Yahoo! News:
“Trump’s recount petition highlights a sharp uptick in voters who declared themselves “indefinitely confined,” a status that under Wisconsin law meant they didn’t have to provide photo ID to get an absentee ballot. The petition says the law was designed to apply to the infirm, seriously ill or disabled but was improperly invoked by tens of thousands of people during the pandemic. It offers no evidence for those claimed numbers.
“The Wisconsin Republican Party sued Democratic Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell in March, before the state’s spring primary, over advice he had posted on his Facebook page that voters could declare themselves indefinitely confined due to the pandemic. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered McDonell to stop issuing guidance that is different from official language approved by the Wisconsin Elections Commission. The Trump campaign alleged that “the damage was already done” before McDonell was ordered to remove the language.
“It’s not clear how the Trump campaign would prove that thousands of ballots were improperly obtained.”
WISCONSIN ELECTION RECOUNT RULES & PROCEDURES
To learn the requirements for requesting a recount, how a recount must be conducted in Wisconsin, and see the ways staff handles objections and other situations that may arise when tallying votes:
Read the Recount Manual (approved 11/2020): Click here
WATCH LIVE STREAM OF WISCONSIN RECOUNTS
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2020 Dane County Recount Streams:
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