'Unacceptable': Wisconsin election officials say Trump observers hindering recount with constant interruptions, questions
Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson said that in some cases the observers were objecting to almost every ballot pulled for the count.
Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson said in areportby the Associated Press on Saturday that in some cases, the observers were objecting to almost every ballot pulled for the count.Christenson continued to note that the complaints were putting the recount behind schedule, and multiple observers were breaking rules by interrupting vote counters with questions and objections.
He called the behavior"unacceptable.""It's not our job to train their observers on what they're observing," Christenson said during a media briefing on Saturday, as reported by theMilwaukee Journal Sentinel."They clearly don't know what they're doing and so they keep asking questions.
Election Recount Begins In Two Wisconsin Counties MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 20: Observers listen as procedural issues are argued during the process of recounting ballots from the November 3 election at the Wisconsin Center on November 20, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. President Donald Trump requested a recount of ballots in Milwaukee and Dane counties in Wisconsin, hoping to overturn his narrow defeat in the state to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Trump's campaign paid the state $3 million to cover the cost of the recount, which began today and is scheduled to be finished by December 1. headtopics.com
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/GettyHe continued:"And we've said to the Trump campaign, you need to tell your people what you're looking for here because they're objecting to every ballot."Tim Posnanski, a county election commissioner, also claimed Trump's observers were violating rules, according to the AP.
Newsweek subscription offers >Posnanski told fellow commissioners that there seemed to be two Trump representatives at tables where tabulators were counting ballots, even though county rules call for only one observer from each campaign to be at each table.
The commissioner said that some Trump representatives were posing as independents to bypass this rule. Posnanski called it"prima facie evidence of bad faith by the Trump campaign."A lawyer for the Trump campaign denied the allegations that the observers were acting in bad faith.
"I want to get to the point of dialing everything down... and not yelling at each other," said lawyer, Joe Voiland, according to the AP.The Trump campaignin Milwaukee and Dane County, Wisconsin's two largest counties, earlier this week. The president's campaign paid the state $3 million to cover the cost of the recount. headtopics.com
Both Milwaukee and Dane County are historically Democratic-leaning areas.Hillary Clintonwon the counties by more than 36 points in 2016, although Trump won Wisconsin as a whole by narrow margins.Trump has yet to concede the presidential race, although several national media outlets called the election for President-elect
Joe Bidenon November 7.The Trump campaign has since filed multiple lawsuits in several states after Election Day claiming without evidence that widespread voter fraud contributed to Biden's victory.The AP called Wisconsin for Biden on November 4. The president-elect currently holds a lead of over 20,000 votes in the state.
Milwaukee County's Office and Trump's re-election campaign didn't respond toNewsweek'srequests for comment in time for publication. Read more: Newsweek »
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Counting, recounting and recounting again and again will not change the results of the election. Homeland security has spoken about the validity of the sound IT infrastructure and found the election to be legit. What did he get for saying so, FIRED! Trump cannot mask it. HE LOST! Biden isnt the elected president, he s the projected president. The media cant elect the president. The lawsuits have to be resolved. Trump will win in the Congress. Hold the line.
Get some Covid positive workers in their to cough on them... Ironic if the Trumpers who called AmSolidarity & kanyewest voters phony ProLifers boycott GA special election. They'll let Biden have Senate votes he needs to force us to tax-fund abortion, stack SCOTUS, end the little good Trump did, & prove his fans are easily manipulated.
Disrupt and create chaos. Such assholes. I was an election observer in WI in 5 different polling places (during early voting and on E Day) and every single place was run professionally & by the book. They are just looking to make trouble. Republicans truly are traitors trying to steal the power of the 🇺🇸.
It is obstruction they're asking them to stop at every ballot. Because the ballots have creases in them which is totally legal Constant questions?what is wrong with that..if the observer doesn’t understand certain things can’t he ask?you people koraa why..allow them to do their job Can’t have questions can we?
The goal is not count votes. The goal is to slow it all down so it can't be certified. These Trump people are really dirty players and lack morals and decency. How dare Trumps officials want to make sure every vote is legal and not just accept every dead vote for Biden that comes into the counting boxes... LOL