Milwaukee County Recount Concludes Finding Slightly Larger Margin for Biden

November 27, 2020 Updated: November 27, 2020

One of the two Wisconsin counties auditing the results of the 2020 election concluded its recount on Nov. 27, showing the margin of former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead to be 132 votes greater than the initial count.

Milwaukee County finished recounting nearly 460,000 ballots on Friday, finding 257 more votes for Biden and 123 more votes for President Donald Trump, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“I promised that this would be a transparent and fair process, and it was,” Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson told the Sentinel.

“There was an examination of every ballot by election workers, a meticulous recounting of every ballot that was properly cast, a transparent process that allowed the public to observe, a fair process that allows the aggrieved candidate who sought the recount an opportunity to observe and object to ballots they believe should not be counted.”

The Trump campaign paid Wisconsin $3 million to conduct a recount in Milwaukee and Dane, the state’s two largest and most liberal counties.

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonnell wrote on Twitter on Friday that the recount in his county should wrap up on Sunday. Wisconsin is due to certify the results of the election on Dec. 1.

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Election officials count absentee ballots in Milwaukee, Wis., on Nov. 4, 2020. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A recount is also ongoing in Georgia, where the Trump campaign requested one after the state certified its election results.

A group filed an emergency petition with the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Nov. 24, challenging the state’s unofficial election results.

The Thomas More Society’s Amistad Project said it found tens of thousands of ballots that may be fraudulent.

“We have identified over 150,000 potentially fraudulent ballots in Wisconsin, more than enough to call into question the validity of the state’s reported election results,” said Phill Kline, director of the project, in a statement. The count includes 144,000 fraudulent votes and over 12,000 legal votes not counted.

“Moreover, these discrepancies were a direct result of Wisconsin election officials’ willful violation of state law,” he added.

According to unofficial results in the state, Biden beat Trump by about 20,000 votes.

The group said it found that more than 10,000 Republican ballots weren’t counted; more than 10,000 GOP voters who had their ballots requested and filled in by another person; and around 100,000 illegal ballots that were counted anyway.

The 45-page filing asks the Wisconsin Supreme Court to block the certification of election results because of the alleged irregularities.

The Trump campaign and Republicans have election lawsuits ongoing in five other states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada.

Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.

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