Here's what happens if a recount is requested in Wisconsin

Donald Trump, Joe Biden
Posted at 10:27 AM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 13:07:49-05

Wisconsin could be headed to recount territory, and the current projection might shift slightly if the recount process takes place.

As of Wednesday morning, Joe Biden led Donald Trump in Wisconsin by just over 20,000 votes.

Shortly before noon on Wednesday, President Trump's Campaign Manager Bill Stepien announced that they would be seeking a recount in the dairy state.

He said, “despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor thin race as we always knew that it would be. There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results. The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”

According to Stepien, Wisconsin is a "tight race within 1%, that is recount territory."

Former Wis. Gov. Scott Walker agreed.

But what does that mean for the race and for Wisconsin? Here's what you need to know:

What is a recount?
A recount is simply just that. All ballots are tabulated to verify the correctness of the initial count.

Why do elections have recounts?
If a race stays within a 1% margin, a candidate in Wisconsin can request a recount within three business days of the results.

Who pays for a recount?
In this case, since the margin is greater than 0.25%, whoever requests the recount will pay.

What are the recount results due?
The deadline for the completion is due within 13 days of the order.

In response to the Trump Campaign, the Biden Campaign issued a statement saying, "We are going to win Wisconsin, recount or no recount."

The recount process hasn't been requested yet, but if the race stays in the 1% margin, it's safe to say someone will be requesting the recount.

For more information about Wisconsin's recount procedures, visit here.

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