60 ballots left to be tallied in Milwaukee County's recount

Donald Trump, Joe Biden
Posted at 5:20 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 19:07:14-05

MILWAUKEE COUNTY — Elections officials have about 60 ballots left to count in Milwaukee County, and hope the recount will conclude this Friday.

A county spokesperson initially announced that all of the ballots had been counted Wednesday evening. Shortly afterwards, elections officials explained in a media briefing that a handful of ballots had yet to be counted.

The county has until Dec. 1 to submit the results to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Biden won Wisconsin by about 20,600 votes, according to unofficial election results, and his margin in Milwaukee and Dane counties was about 2-to-1. Those are the two of 72 counties where Trump's campaign paid several million dollars for a recount.

The president's attorneys raised issue with three matters:

  • Counting any absentee ballots where voters identified themselves as “indefinitely confined"
  • Where information on the certification envelope was in two different ink colors, perhaps showing a poll worker may have helped complete it
  • Where there is not a separate written record for it having been requested, including all in-person absentee ballots.

Milwaukee County earlier announced it hoped to be done by Wednesday. But due to delays caused by objections raised by Trump supporters, the process was expected to conclude closer to the Dec. 1 deadline.

Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson said in a statement earlier that by noon Wednesday, workers had processed about 413,000 out of 460,000 ballots, including all 169,000 absentee ballots from the City of Milwaukee, and most of Milwaukee’s ballots that were cast in-person at polling locations on Election Day. At the time, the only two municipalities had yet to complete their count: the City of Greenfield and the City of Milwaukee.

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