MADISON, Wis. — The recount of the presidential election in Wisconsin’s two most heavily Democratic counties began Friday with President Donald Trump‘s campaign seeking to discard tens of thousands of absentee ballots that it alleged should not have been counted.
Trump‘s three objections attempting to discard the ballots were denied by the three-member Dane County Board of Canvassers, twice on bipartisan votes. Trump was expected to make the same objections in Milwaukee County ahead of a court challenge once the recount concludes, perhaps as soon as Wednesday.
Joe Biden won Wisconsin by 20,600 votes and carried Dane and Milwaukee counties by a 2-to-1 margin. Trump only paid for recounts in those two counties, not in the 70 others, 58 of which he won.
There’s no precedent for a recount overturning a deficit as large as Trump‘s in Wisconsin, so his strategy is widely seen as seeking to build a case to take to court.
His team on Friday sought