MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee County Canvassers Council confirmed Friday’s recount of the presidential election, with both candidates gaining a total of nearly 400 votes, but not effectively changing the November 3 election results.
Trump’s campaign pays for a recount in the state’s most populous and democratic counties, Dane and Milwaukee counties.
A one-week effort in Milwaukee continued after the holiday break on Friday morning to complete the last remaining vote count and verify the results. Early on Friday night, the deliberative councils justified the recount, which also brought 382 votes to elected president Joe Biden and president Donald Trump: 257 for Biden and 125 for Trump.
Of the 459,723 ballots cast in the county, Biden received 317,527 and Trump received 134,482 – a victory of more than 180,000 votes for Biden in the county. Biden won the state with about 20,000 votes. The remainder of the votes cast in the presidential race are for minority party candidates and entries.
“We had a good plan from the beginning and adjusted as needed,” said George Christenson, Milwaukee County Clerk.
The ballroom at the Wisconsin Center, where the recount took place, has had a lot of activity over the past week. It was quiet on Friday as the clocks ticked and the recount numbers were introduced into the system.
Rick Baas, the only Republican in the Milwaukee County Canvassers Board, said that although Trump’s campaign wants the objections to the missing ballot to be reviewed by a court, the recount process worked.
“It is important for people to understand how their government works. The recount is just that – a recount,” Baas said.
Milwaukee County Presidential Election Recount at the Wisconsin Center
On Wednesday, officials believed that the missing ballot papers from Milwaukee Hospital on election night – but were missing during the recount – were in a counter. However, Claire Woodall-Vogg, the city’s chief election officer, told the board on Friday morning that it turned out that these ballots were in fact ballot papers used at the city’s central count on election night.
The Canvassers Board unanimously voted 3 to 0 to continue the city’s recount process, despite the fact that on election night, there were still 65 missing 88 ballots cast by the 254 parish. After the vote, the remaining 23 ballots were quickly added up. Woodall-Vogg told FOX6 News that election officials continue to search for missing ballots, even though they probably don’t expect it.
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Milwaukee and Dane counties are the most populous in the state, and the recount is unlikely to change the election results. President Trump lost the state of Wisconsin by about 20,000 votes – a similar distinction gave him the state of Borz in 2016.
Dane County is expected to complete the recount over the weekend and verify the results. The state will then certify the election results next week.