MADESON, Wisconsin (AP) – Milwaukee County completed the counting of presidential ballots on Friday, finding only small changes in the total number of votes for one of Wisconsin’s two counting counts, but President Donald Trump’s lawyers seem ready to challenge to throw tens of thousands of ballots.
President-elect Joe Biden’s leadership increased by 132 votes after district election officials counted more than 450,000 votes. Biden, a Democrat, won the state by nearly 20,600 votes, and his margin in Milwaukee and Dane counties was about 2 to 1.
Trump paid for a census in the two counties with a large number of Democrats. As of Friday morning, Trump had won 68 votes over Biden in Dane County, but election officials there do not expect it to end by Sunday.
The total number of votes in Milwaukee County increased for both candidates after election officials found several hundred ballots earlier this week. Claire Woodell-Vogue, Milwaukee̵
“I promised it would be a transparent and fair process, and it was,” said Milwaukee County official George Christenson.
Trump’s campaign appears to be preparing a lawsuit to change the outcome of the election, but his window of action is narrow. The deadline for voting verification is Tuesday. Certification is done by the Democratic Chair of the Wisconsin Electoral Commission, which is bipartisan.
The Wisconsin Electoral Alliance, a conservative group, has already filed a lawsuit against elected officials.who seek to block the certification of results. He echoes many of the claims that Trump is expected to make.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday, calling it a “brazen attack on democracy itself” and asking the state’s Supreme Court to dismiss it.
Evers, a Democrat, said the group’s lawsuit was a “mixture of legal distortions” that used factual misstatements in an attempt to take away the voting rights of millions of Wisconsin residents. He argues that failure to verify the election results will overturn the rest of the state’s election results and throw the government into chaos.
Trump’s lawyers turned to absent ballots, where voters described themselves as “indefinitely restricted,” allowing them to vote in absentia without showing a photo ID; ballots that have a certification envelope with two different ink colors, indicating that a survey worker may have helped fill it out; and absent ballots that do not have a separate written record of his request, such as personal absence.
Election officials counted those ballots during the census, but marked them as exhibits at the request of Trump’s campaign.
Trump’s campaign has already failed elsewhere in court without evidence of widespread fraud, which experts widely agree does not exist. Trump’s lawsuits have failed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
On Monday, the federal government recognized Biden as the “clear winner” of the Nov. 3 election over Trump. Although Trump continued to attack the election, he said he was helping Biden make the transition.