President Trump’s campaign filed a petition for a recount in two Wisconsin counties today and paid $3 million to get the process officially going.
President Donald J. Trump’s re-election campaign will file a petition today for a recount in two Wisconsin counties…Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. transferred $3 million to Wisconsin to cover the estimated cost of the recounts.
The reason for choosing Dane and Milwaukee counties was stated in the petition:
…Milwaukee and Dane – citing illegally altered absentee ballots, illegally issued absentee ballots, and illegal advice given by government officials allowing Wisconsin’s Voter ID laws to be circumvented. These two counties were selected because they are the locations of the worst irregularities.
According to the petition for the recount, most of the irregularities coalesce around absentee ballots, voter I.D., and illegal behavior of election clerks:
The Wisconsin Elections Commission directed Wisconsin municipal clerks to illegally alter incomplete absentee ballots contrary to Wisconsin law. Clerks were instructed that they could rely on their own “personal knowledge,” or unspecified “lists or databases at his or her disposal” to add in missing information on returned absentee ballots.
The Wisconsin Election Commission issued a directive on October 19, 2020, giving election clerks the go-ahead to fill in missing witness addresses.
On Election Day, if a voter needs to correct information on the absentee certificate envelope, they and/or their original witness, depending on what the error is, must appear at the polling place or central count. This would be due to missing voter information, missing voter signature, or missing witness signature. The witness can appear without the voter to add their signature or address. Please note that the clerk should attempt to resolve any missing witness address information prior to Election Day if possible, and this can be done through reliable information (personal knowledge, voter registration information, through a phone call with the voter or witness). The witness does not need to appear to add a missing address.
But Wisconsin absentee voters were warned in August in the Wisconsin Uniform Instructions for Absentee Voters that a ballot missing any of the required information would not be counted.
According to the Daily Wire: “Retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman told WISN, “The statute is very, very clear. If an absentee ballot does not have a witness address on it, it’s not valid. That ballot is not valid.”
Invalid, illegal ballots should not be counted in an election, and election clerks should not be “correcting” ballots. The situation in Wisconsin demands a recount. The Trump campaign explained the importance of the recount to the people of Wisconsin:
“The people of Wisconsin deserve to know whether their election processes worked in a legal and transparent way. Regrettably, the integrity of the election results cannot be trusted without a recount in these two counties and uniform enforcement of Wisconsin absentee ballot requirements.
The Wisconsin Election Commission and the county election clerks jeopardized the entire election in Wisconsin. Now, the Trump campaign is going to get to the bottom of the voting irregularities in Wisconsin.