Before the partial recount began on Nov. 20, Biden was ahead statewide by about 20,000 votes. Dane and Milwaukee counties started recounts after the Wisconsin Elections Commission approved a request for recount from the Trump campaign at a cost of $3 million.
Trump vowed legal challenges of the state's results even before the recount concluded, saying on Nov. 28 that the recount “is not about finding mistakes in the count, it is about finding people who have voted illegally.
“We have found many illegal votes. Stay tuned!” he said.
Dane County's recount reported a 45-vote gain for Trump. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sunday that this was largely due to the discovery of absentee ballot envelopes that lacked voter signatures, witness signatures, or witness addresses.
In Milwaukee county, Biden gained a net 132 votes after its recount finished on Nov. 27.
The state holds 10 electoral votes and faces a certification deadline of Dec. 1 Certification will be conducted by the Democratic chair of the bipartisan Wisconsin Election Commission.
“As we have said from the very beginning, we want every legal vote, and only legal votes to be counted, and we will continue to uphold our promise to the American people to fight for a free and fair election,” Ellis said.
Several legal matters are ongoing in Wisconsin with regard to the election results.