President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign on Wednesday said it will file for a partial recount in Wisconsin. The announcement came after Wisconsin election officials confirmed that the Trump campaign wired $3 million there ahead of the 5 p.m. deadline to file for a recount.
Trump’s campaign said in a statement that it will petition to recount the ballots in two counties, Milwaukee and Dane. The campaign claimed “illegal” voting activity was carried out by Wisconsin election officials.
The Trump campaign has not yet filed any recount petition, Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney said in a statement earlier Wednesday. The recount would have to be completed before the chair of the state’s elections commission certifies the results on Dec. 1.
Biden leads Trump by more than 20,000 votes in Wisconsin, with an edge of 49.5% of the ballots cast, compared to 48.8% for the Republican incumbent. The Wisconsin Elections Commission on Tuesday received vote results from all 72 of the state’s counties, giving the Trump campaign until 5 p.m. Wednesday to file for a recount.
In its statement Wednesday, Trump’s campaign claimed that absentee ballots were “illegally altered,” and “illegally issued” by elections officials, who also allegedly offered “illegal advice” to voters.
“These two counties were selected because they are the locations of the worst irregularities. The people of Wisconsin deserve to know whether their election processes worked in a legal and transparent way. Regrettably, the integrity of the election results cannot be trusted without a recount in these two counties and uniform enforcement of Wisconsin absentee ballot requirements. We will not know the true results of the election until only the legal ballots cast are counted,” said Jim Troupis, counsel to the campaign.
“We will not stop fighting for transparency and integrity in our electoral process to ensure that all Americans can trust the results of a free and fair election in Wisconsin and across the country,” Troupis said.