MADISON, Wis. — The Trump campaign is formally filing a lawsuit to challenge Wisconsin’s election results.
The campaign filed the lawsuit Tuesday morning, the day after Gov. Tony Evers certified Joe Biden’s win. It claims thousands of absentee ballots must be withdrawn from Wisconsin’s vote count because they were not issued according to state law. The lawsuit asks the court to prevent the certification of the election.
The lawsuit is asking for a total of 221,323 ballots to be excluded from the vote count, including 170,140 in-person absentee ballots, 5,517 incomplete and “altered certification” absentee ballots, 28,395 ballots from voters who said they were indefinitely confined and 17,271 ballots cast at Democracy in the Park events.
A recount of the votes in Dane and Milwaukee counties saw very little change in the vote totals. President Trump saw a net gain of 45 votes in Dane County during the recount, but the recount confirmed the president still lost Wisconsin by approximately 20,000 votes.
The campaign paid approximately $3 million for the recount, focusing on clerk corrections to witness information, in-person absentee voting and voters who considered themselves indefinitely confined.
The president has claimed widespread voter fraud in Wisconsin and other states, but his lawyers have not provided evidence of those claims in court. Election officials in other states have also failed to find any proof of widespread fraud that would change the outcome of the election.
Dane County clerk Scott McDonell says the recount found no evidence of voter fraud and that the people who were in the room during the recount saw that votes were counted correctly and did not find anything unusual.
Wisconsin certified its election results on Monday, giving the Trump campaign five days to challenge with a lawsuit.
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