Democrat President-elect Joe Biden ended the Milwaukee County polls on Friday with 132 votes on the brink of victory over President Donald Trump.
In all, Biden added 257 votes and Trump 125. The results came Friday evening, seven days after an attempt to describe the nearly 460,000 votes recorded in the county began in the central city of Wisconsin. The final number was 459,723.
Prior to the review, Trump received 317,270 votes in Pidon Milwaukee County for 134,357. That brings the total to 317,527 for Fiden and 134,482 for Trump.
Milwaukee County Clerk George Christensen said after the Milwaukee County Commissioners’ Committee adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
“I promised it would be a transparent and fair process, and that’s it,” Christensen said. “Every ballot was examined by election staff, a precise review of every ballot properly sent, an open process that allowed the public to monitor, a fair process that allowed the aggrieved candidate to reconsider and oppose a ballot that they believe should not be counted.
He said the county faced all the personal challenges presented for reconsideration, not the least of which International spread of corona virus.
Christensen of the Democrats and Rick Boss, a three-member separate Republican of the Canvassers, were present during the review of the two sides’ work.
Boss said he believes the Trump campaign is “looking forward to its day in court” and needs to fix some things when reviewing.
“It’s important for people to understand how their government works,” Boss said. “It’s a reconsideration: a reconsideration. Now, there is evidence to take it to another level, it will be reviewed there, but this body has treated itself exemplary. We are not the rest of the country. We do not have to shout, shout and shout. We had the advice and we did what we could to adapt to the situation. ”
After a day off to say thank you, the Dane County review was expected to continue over the weekend. Dane County Clark Scott McDonnell Tweeted The Friday morning review is 65% complete and he expects it to finish on Sunday.
The results must be reconsidered by Tuesday, when the state election commission certifies the results by the deadline set for that day by state law.
Trump’s campaign paid $ 3 million for a partial reconsideration of the November 3 presidential election, calling for a reconsideration of the vote Only in the largest and most liberal districts of the state Of Milwaukee and Dane.
Trump The state lost by a margin of nearly 21,000 votes To Pitan.
The defeat came after Trump defeated Swing State by a similar narrow margin in his 2016 race against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The campaign failed He tried to get a lot of votes in Milwaukee and Dane districts, But the controversy over the votes will not end when it is reconsidered.
Political observers believe the challenges posed by Trump delegates during the review are purposeful Set the stage for a case. A legal challenge has the potential to further change the number of votes cast for the county on Friday.
But since the review began, the ground has changed across the country, with key states Georgia, Nevada And Pennsylvania Certification of Biden and the number of votes cast for themselves The Trump administration is clearing the way Biden’s change in the White House to officially begin.
Milwaukee County completes reconsideration before the December 1 deadline
During the review, everyone who entered the room in the center of Wisconsin had their temperature taken to make sure they did not have the flu and everyone had to wear masks because of the corona virus infection.
Over the course of seven days, the three-member Milwaukee County Board of Canvassers – two Democrats and one Republican – argued for individual votes and large ballots for each campaign. The first two days were delayed because, according to county officials, Trump observers objected one after another.
Team Leader Tim Bosnonsky, Democrat and Trump Campaign Advocate Joe Woyland, Former Osaki County Judge, Regarding the implementation of a policy restricting the taking of photographs by spectators. At one point, Bosnansky told Woiland that he was reminded of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” farmers shouting, “Help, I help the oppression.”
And, of course, there was a brief fight Boob emoji watches It was issued Tuesday by the Wisconsin Center to indicate that those who entered the building had no fever.
Reconsidered when the city of Milwaukee existed 386 unopened and uncounted votes were found From a south side ward. The Canvassers Board unanimously voted 3-0 that the ballot boxes should be opened and the ballots counted.
In the following days, the city It felt it had misappropriated 65 extra votes. City Election Commission executive director Claire Woodall-Vogue reported to the board Wednesday that ballots have only been found to indicate Friday that they are missing.
“After I went in front of the board, I saw (the ballot) and my heart sank,” Woodall-Vogue told the Sentinel, realizing the vote had been misunderstood.
Christensen said the missing 65 votes would not be counted if they were not found Friday before the county’s election results were certified. Ballots were not counted Friday.
A total of 344,220 absentee ballot applications were filed in Milwaukee County for the November election, with 108,947 voters casting their ballots in person, according to data provided by the county from the statewide voter registration database. Of the requested votes, 18,408 were not withdrawn. Of the absent voters, 51,060 were self-certified indefinitely defined and were not allowed to vote without meeting the state photo ID requirements.
At the time of reconsideration, election workers were instructed to set aside non-colored envelopes with different colored inks, indicating that a clerk had completed a witness address and envelopes that did not identify indefinitely limited voters. The Trump campaign had consistent objections to those votes, but they were violated by the board, which agreed to set aside the envelopes.
The campaign objected to the covers not being in person, which was violated. In district records, 108,947 voters cast ballots in the county. They are not set aside due to sheer size.
Eventually, the number of envelopes allocated came to 42,234.
All ballots were counted with the relevant envelopes set aside.
By not allowing the Trump campaign to separate the ballot envelopes and additional types of ballots that were argued on Friday, the review process did not allow us to know how many votes and envelopes the campaign opposes.
“This practice prevents us from determining the exact number of envelopes or ballots subject to those objections,” attorney Stewart Gorge told the Canvassers Board. “Therefore, this process denies the possibility of recording here the correct number of ballot papers or the number of ballot papers that are not subject to our objections. If those objections persist, it is necessary to reconsider those ballot papers and ballots to determine the exact number of ballots to be rejected, and not to be counted as part of this review.”
Those categories include envelopes with witness signatures for absentee ballots, envelopes without clerk initials and ballots without “required clerk initials”.
Prior to the board’s adjournment, Biden’s attorney, Christopher Mueller, said state election administrators and referendum workers had made “heroic efforts to ensure a free and fair election and that all Wisconsinians could vote and have their ballots counted.”
He added: “The petitioners have failed to provide any evidence related to the fraud and they have repeatedly challenged and objected to the voters voting on technical matters. As the factual record indicates ங்கள் No fraud cases were detected at the time of this review. ”