Wisconsin, Arizona, certifies that Biden wins the presidential election

Two battlefield states, Wisconsin and Arizona, on Monday confirmed their presidential election results in favor of Joe Biden, even as President Donald Trump’s legal team continued to dispute the results.

Biden’s Wisconsin victory was confirmed after a partial recount that only increased his 20,600 vote difference over Trump, who promised to sue to undo the results.

Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, signed a certificate completing the process after a canvas report proving Biden was a winner after the recount was approved by the chairman of the bipartisan Wisconsin Electoral Commission. Evers ’signature was required by law and is usually a procedural step to which little attention is paid.

“Today, I have fulfilled my duty to justify the November 3 elections,” Evers said in a statement. “I would like to thank our clerks, our election administrators and our citizens’ opinion polls who have worked tirelessly to hold safe, fair and effective elections. Thank you for all your good work. ”

Monday’s action now begins with a five-day deadline to file Trump’s lawsuit, which he promises will come no later than Tuesday. Trump makes a long-term attempt to overturn the results by excluding 238,000 ballots. Trump’s lawyers claimed without evidence that widespread fraud and illegal activity had taken place.

According to Biden’s campaign, the recount showed that Biden definitely won Wisconsin and there was no fraud. Even if Trump were successful in Wisconsin, the state’s 10 voter college votes would not be enough to undo Biden’s overall victory, as the states around the country justify the results.

Earlier on Monday, Arizona officials confirmed Biden’s victory in this state.

Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Republican Governor Doug Ducey both guaranteed the integrity of the election before signing the results.

“We’re doing the election well here in Arizona. The system is strong, ”Ducey said.

He did not directly address Trump’s allegation of irregularities, but said the state held successful elections despite the pandemic, by personal and postal voting.

According to Hobbs, Arizona voters need to know that the election was “conducted transparently, accurately, and fairly, in accordance with Arizona laws and election procedures, despite a number of unsubstantiated claims to the contrary”.

Biden is only the second Democrat to win Arizona in 70 years. In the final standings, he beat Trump by 10,457 votes, which is 0.3% of the nearly 3.4 million votes cast.

Even as Hobbs, Ducey, the state’s attorney general and state supreme court chief judge verified the election results, Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis Trump’s attorneys met at a hotel ballroom in Phoenix a few miles away to claim claims of counting irregularities. live. In Arizona and elsewhere. But no evidence of widespread fraud was provided.

“The certifying officers have made no effort to find out the truth, which gives me a perfect reason for the state legislature to take over the elections because they are being conducted irresponsibly and unfairly,” Giuliani said.

Nine Republican state legislators attended the meeting. Permission was sought to hold a formal legislative hearing at the Capitol, but they were refused by the President of the Republican House and the President of the Senate.

Trump treated Ducey on Twitter on Monday night and asked, “Why are you in a hurry to get a Democrat in office, especially when so many terrible things come to light about voter fraud in the ongoing trial.”

The election challenges posed by the Trump campaign or its supporters in key battlefield states were largely unsuccessful as Trump continues to claim voter fraud while refusing to agree.

There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 elections. In fact, election officials from both political parties publicly stated that the election was a success, and international observers confirmed that there were no serious irregularities.


Bauer reported from Madison (Wis) Cooper and Tang reported from Phoenix.