Residents of two Danish and Milwaukee counties in Wisconsin are increasingly upset by attempts by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign to withdraw their ballots from the initial vote count in the 2020 election.
“It’s awful,” Barbara Sum, a Dane County voter who submitted the ballot, told Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The word is undemocratic.
The Trump campaign and the Republican Party are seeking to cast ballots for at least 61,000 early voters in Dane County alone, the paper said. As of November 24, Trump was 20,608 people behind his Democratic rival, President-elect Joe Biden in the state.
Last Wednesday, Trump’s campaign officially called for a recount in both counties, both historically oriented toward Democrats. Trump’s campaign paid $ 3 million, as required by state law, so that election officials can complete the task by Dec. 1.
As of Nov. 24, an unofficial vote count on Dane County’s website showed Biden with 260,157 votes and Trump with 78,789, a difference of 181,368 votes. As of the same date, the unofficial vote count on the Milwaukee District official’s website showed Biden with 317,251 votes and Trump with 134,355, a difference of 182,896 votes.
To repeal the state in Trump’s favor, the Republican Party will have to invalidate just under 6 percent of the total number of votes in both counties. Trump’s campaign specifically seeks to eliminate early voting and absenteeism.
Voting officials in both constituencies accused Trump observers of interrupting the count and violating the rules by interrupting the vote counters with questions and objections on almost every ballot paper drawn for investigation.
“I don’t think they’re right,” Alice Howard, a Black County resident, told the paper. “We all have the privilege of voting as we see fit. No one should try to stop us from voting unless we want to go back to the days of slavery. It is our right and we have a choice of how to do it and no one has the right to tell us we can’t. “
Four countdown days passed by Monday, with Trump receiving an additional 41 votes in both counties, according to Wisconsin State Gazette. Election officials in both constituencies said they did not expect Trump to successfully cancel enough votes to change the state’s election results.
Republicans on Tuesday filed a lawsuit with the Wisconsin Supreme Court to block certification of presidential election results, essentially giving them the power to appoint presidential voters to the Republican-controlled legislature, the Associated Press reported.
Newsweek contacted the offices of Dane County and Milwaukee officials for comment.