Election officials in Wisconsin ’s largest county accuse observers for President Trump of trying to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, sometimes by objecting to each ballot tabulators pulled to count. Joe Biden won the state by 20,600 votes.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Election officials in Wisconsin’s largest county accused observers for President Donald Trump on Saturday of seeking to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, in some instances by objecting to every ballot tabulators pulled to count.
Trump requested the recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, both heavily liberal, in hopes of undoing Democrat Joe Biden’s victory by about 20,600 votes. With no precedent for a recount reversing such a large margin, Trump’s strategy is widely seen as aimed at an eventual court challenge,
part of a push in key states to undo his election loss.ADVERTISEMENTA steady stream of Republican complaints in Milwaukee was putting the recount far behind schedule, county clerk George Christenson said. He said many Trump observers were breaking rules by constantly interrupting vote counters with questions and comments.
“That’s unacceptable,” he said. He said some of the Trump observers “clearly don’t know what they are doing.”Tim Posnanski, a county election commissioner, told his fellow commissioners there appeared to be two Trump representatives at some tables where tabulators were counting ballots, violating rules that call for one observer from each campaign per table. Posnanski said some Trump representatives seemed to be posing as independents.
At one recount table, a Trump observer objected to every ballot that tabulators pulled from a bag simply because they were folded, election officials told the panel.Posnanski called it “prima facie evidence of bad faith by the Trump campaign.” He added later: “I want to know what is going on and why there continues to be obstruction.”
Joe Voiland, a lawyer speaking to commission members on behalf of the Trump campaign, denied his side was acting in bad faith.“I want to get to the point of dialing everything down … and not yelling at each other,” Voiland said.At least one Trump observer was escorted out of the building by sheriff’s deputies Saturday after pushing an election official who had lifted her coat from an observer chair. Another Trump observer was removed Friday for not wearing a face mask properly as required.
Trump paid $3 million, as required by state law, for the partial recount that began Friday and must conclude by Dec. 1.His team is seeking to disqualify ballots where election clerks filled in missing address information on the certification envelope where the ballot is inserted, even though the practice has long been accepted in Wisconsin.
ADVERTISEMENTThe campaign also alleges thousands of absentee ballots don’t have proper written paperwork, and that some absentee voters improperly declared themselves “indefinitely confined,” a status that allows them to receive a ballot without photo ID.
Those challenges were being rejected.There have been at least 31 recounts in statewide elections in the U.S. since the most famous one in Florida’s presidential election in 2000. The recounts changed the outcome of three races. All three were decided by hundreds of votes, not thousands.Read more: The Associated Press »
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Of course they are, because cheaters are afraid of getting caught. AP is trash NEWS! Time to start naming and shaming If they break rules, they need to be escorted out for trying to interfere. I feel so bad for the workers. Has anyone commented on the Martian cloaking technology the Democrats are using to hide Trump votes during the recount process?
MrRaulJenkins Kick them out if they can't behave. This is election interference, vote tampering and pure insanity! Well, apparently if they keep it up long enough to make the recount miss its deadline, the original count stands. Stalling/obstructing the process just hands Wisconsin to Biden. Pull your damn mask up! Law and order, my arse!
Obstructing the recount is their plan. I like George Christenson's statement that some of the trump observers “clearly don't know what they are doing.” Just like their leader shawnlsn It’s obvious which one is the Republican observer based on mask. Since when do 'observers' get to voice their opposition? Seems they didn't understand what their role was ...trying to sow confusion to force it to go the Legislature and subvert the will of the people!
Republicans obstructing? Surely not! :) GOP now stands for Communism. MY EXISTENCE HAS BEEN HIDDEN FROM THE WORLD I AM MARGINALIZED FOR MY DISABILITY ASSAULT AND PERMANENT DISFIGUREMENT AND A 15 YEAR RECOVERY since 2006 NOT PROSECUTED COVERED UP I WAS A CHILD It's FAILURE to PROTECT AND CRUELTY TO CHILDREN It's CONSPIRACY
You truly do not believe this post is truth. Right? GOP are always the only proven election cheaters. No surprise they get it from their leader! beyerstein Bet he's the Republican observer just by his mask... No they are doing their job this mail in ballots 🗳 horrible idea they can protest for over 100 days of total anarchy could not vote in person
When the heart of so many people are consumed with hate and bigotry, it poisons the air we breath. I hope these people do not have to be chained to their death beds as they stand before Satan to account for the evil and pain they unleash in the world. Article says the practice of election clerks filling in missing address information on the certification envelope where the ballot is inserted has be long been accepted in Wisconsin. But what does the law say? Is it or is it not legal?
It's not about Trump, it's about us the 79 000 000 that voted for him having confidence our vote wasn't disenfranchised by watered-down ILLEGAL votes. If Biden won show the receipts & we'll concede. If he COULD why refuse? Why isn't Kamala resigning from Senate? 😏 Losers. Trump observers in Wis. should be arrested for treason. This is so anti-American and anti-Democracy to impede a legitimate process because your candidate lost. If they can't operate within the law they should be kicked out or jailed. Renegade and confederate leftovers.
They have the right to IF that's true fools! It's not going to work. 1 term. Keeping moving. Dude don't even know how to wear a damn mask. So how many fraudulant ballots are they allowed to challenge? 20,599? Wouldn't it make sense for the fraudulent ones to be in clumps? dennisaoconnor Without Wisconsin, Biden still has 270 electoral votes. But, Wisconsin will still go to Biden despite GOP obstruction.
They just need to stop that shit. Losers! Can someone tell that asshole the mask goes OVER your nose as well. thats why they didnt want their asses in there in the first place 🤡🤡 Wait I know where this is. I'm not going to say it in case they're still counting but I recognize the building they're in. I would find it difficult to work w/ people sitting there, wearing a mask improperly - harassing me. Just saying. Who has to deal w/ that kind of scrutiny when they work? This is out of control. This whole 'fraud' accusation is, in words MAGA can understand - a WITCH HUNT.
dennisaoconnor They’re trying to delay certification, not change the total Congratulations, Trump. You lost again. By a lot. TrumpLosesByDisruption TrumpCheats Sounds like AP is trying to pretend their election call was right. dennisaoconnor Certify the vote and the Biden win. Stop this obstruction.
dennisaoconnor The male observer doesn't have the mask covering his nose. TrumpMorons dennisaoconnor Then Dems need to play hardball and object to every vote for Trump. Dems need to get just as mean and nasty as Reps are. I guess in order to be a MAGA they have to follow their leader and be the most annoying people on planet Earth.
All they have to do is object 21,000 times. 🤣 I don’t see any racism in this picture. Non at all. How do we know that the man in the Yellow coat is the Republican? It's all in what is not in the mask He should have his mask on at least! Kick him out. 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 And if you’re going to allow these people to watch the least you can do is make them wear their fucking mask properly for the safety of the people doing this work!!!!!
File a lawsuit alleging interference in the election process by the GOP. Mask over your nose, kookie Trumpster Quest2017 THUGS !! NerdMilwaukee Plus it says one observer per table right? These observers are trolls. A$$holes! Man, this is such a shitshow... 🤦🏾♀️ Bunch of sore losers lol SAD! I can tell which one is the Republican.
When you're allergic to Democracy Trumplicans hate free and fair elections 🤣Cry more. My beer needs your tears. They’re desperate and shameless Kick them out... so everybody knows now.. Trmp' the brand = putin and or savdi nagh mean!? ~ Election officials in Wisconsin’s largest county accuse observers for President Trump of trying to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, sometimes by objecting to each ballot tabulators pulled to count. Joe Biden won the state by 20,600 votes.
Just admitting to their own idiocy. 'We sat there and watched you count and didn't raise any objections, but now that we've seen the results, we know you must've tricked us somehow!' TeresaMWalker AP fact check: this claim is disputed LoL...They try to stall too much and Nancy will be their president.
Trump was right there is voter fraud. However, it the Republicans committing fraud like the issues reported in this article, Lindsay Graham, and Trump's legal team. HE IS PROJECTING! Treasonous obstruction Well, yeah. Obviously. These obstruction lies are being made by Democrats as a deterrent to the real bomb FRAUD
And over 6 million voters to lie to Republicans for the most part are being very un American Easy to see the republican in that picture. Aren’t these JUST the ballots? No outer envelopes that have the signatures/dates/whatnot on them? Where I live once a clerk “qualifies” a ballot it’s separated from anything that could identify the voter (the secret ballot thing). If so, then what are these dweebs objecting to?
Of course they’re disturbing the work. Observers “for the American people.” This claim about the election is disputed Trump is a sociopath. He’s finished, but dangerous. Because he does not care what harm he causes. President-elect Biden appears to be a good man. He supported the UK in 1982 against the murderous dictatorship in Argentina.
That imbecile, who does not even know how to wear a mask properly, is trying to tell the two counting officials how to do their job?! GFTOH. Desperation cheating whinny little bitches Are we going to have to go through this bullsh*t now every time Republicans lose an election? 🙄 WI has 10 electoral votes. Biden doesn’t need them to win.
They must have watched Veep Trump goes golfing and his disrupters do whatever the fuck they want Sore losers The man’s mask is not covering his nose. YOU HAVE NO CRED in JOUNALISM! YOUR STYLEBOOK! YOU DON'T FOLLOW! LIARS JOE BIDEN WANTED FOR HIGH TREASON IN UKRAINE! Well if the recount is not completed in time, the original result stands, just certify it.
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There’s just NO way that Biden won. they're listening to their dictator, OR ELSE!!! Disgusting. Sure. The observers that are there to make sure it’s done properly and fairly are the problem. 👌🏽 CorbeilFrancene This is how democracy dies, Not through violence, But a president’s lies. The Secrets of Covid-19! Who controls our world. America is in danger. Truth is stranger than fiction. youtube
Lol. Obstruction is a felony. Have them replaced, removed and charged with the crime and move on. Where are the democrat observers! davidpsdem Acting like jerks is why two trump observers were ejected in Philadelphia. What idiots! We all know they were unbearable. How much more disgusting can the Trump campaign get? (glad they have to pay for it).
Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities Can Make You Commit Atrocities” Voltaire: Why can’t people wear mask correctly? So you put haters to observe blacks and other races recount? I cannot imagine the trouble for those doing the verification when they think all are against them and in favor of the winner, crazy us, USA
That male observer is not wearing his mask properly. Cover the nose or get someone else! steve_949 That photo omg 😰🤬 Those so called observers should have been fined for their interference! Resist Biden! We will take the Congress in 2022 and he will be powerless. If he even makes it that far before his brain gives out
The guy in the yellow jacket needs to pull his mask up. There is a law sweetheart. As an observer, you are ONLY br able to watch the process. Nothing more than that. cc: marceelias bradheath DemocracyDocket KlasfeldReports Isn't there anyone out there that can stop this madness and send the Drump home!?
TRUTH translation: 'observers obstructed the steal'. StopTheSteaI Yea they didn’t want a real recount - just to torment American democracy cause they hate it “Trying to obstruct “ No trying to keep cheating from happening which it did on a large scale . Trump won this election . This is what they are going to do in every state. They will slow down the process in every state and stop it from being certified. They will claim since it missed its deadline they can choose and flip for Trump
dems just trying to cover up their fraud. no surprise Obstructing & infecting the workers at the same time. And 😒😔 I hope the who process is filmed If someone is not going to let them do their job , stop counting till and get a different observer in there . Sicknig,only places the majority of black people,sad 🥵
Maybe they think bc they're paying for the recount they get to pick the winner Lol They need to stretch it out so Trump can grift more off his supporters The political party of Karen. Lie, impede, obstruct, grasp at straws, file needless and baseless lawsuits. The playbook of the sore losers known as the GOP.
Biden hasn't won anything. Where's the report on having more votes than possible? The report on their machines having not being able to tabulate votes as quickly as they did? Where's the report on the votes being changed, not just in the NYT tick data but on live TV? You can’t “sometimes” object to each ballot. Do your writers understand English language ?
It wouldn't surprise me at this point, they've been trying to throw out votes and wage disinformation campaigns and so I wouldn't put anything past them. The GOP pulled the same nonsense in Florida back in 2000 and it worked for them that time, why wouldn't they pull the same trick out of their book of racist nonsense.
That's their job: to question, to challenge.