The Trump campaign on Wednesday paid $3 million for a recount of two heavily Democratic counties in Wisconsin – Dane County and Milwaukee County. Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden by more than 20,000 votes in the state of Wisconsin.
The campaign wired $3 million to the Wisconsin Election Commission in a long-shot bid to overturn the Wisconsin results. In a statement, the campaign said it was asking for recounts in Milwaukee and Dane Counties, heavily Democratic areas where Biden defeated Trump by a total of 577,455 to 213,157.
“The Wisconsin Elections Commission directed Wisconsin municipal clerks to illegally alter incomplete absentee ballots contrary to Wisconsin law,” the Trump campaign said in a release. “Voter identification is an essential requirement in Wisconsin and elsewhere to ensure that only eligible voters may cast their ballots. In clear abuse of Wisconsin’s provision to issue ballots to indefinitely confined voters without requiring them to present voter identification, some Democrat county clerks illegally advised voters to illegally mischaracterize that they were indefinitely confined to circumvent Wisconsin voter ID law.”
No evidence of wrongdoing has been presented in the state of Wisconsin and state elections officials have said there was none. According to Dane County Clerk Scott McDonnell, the recount will start on Friday.