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An election recount in a major county within the key 2020 battleground state of Wisconsin resulted in additional votes for Joe Biden, Milwaukee Elections Director Julietta Henry announced Friday.
President Trump reportedly lost to Biden in the state of Wisconsin by approximately 20,000 votes, NPR reports. The Trump team is seeking to discount 238,420 Wisconsin ballots that it argues were counted despite not meeting certain eligibility qualifications.
The Trump campaign paid the Wisconsin Elections Commission $3 million to conduct the recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties. Out of the 460,000 ballots cast in Milwaukee County, Biden received 317,270 votes to Trump’s 134,357. Biden reportedly gained 257 votes after the recount, and Trump gained 125.
"I promised that this would be a transparent and fair process, and it was," County Clerk George Christenson said.
"There was an examination of every ballot by election workers, a meticulous recounting of every ballot that was properly cast, a transparent process that allowed the public to observe, a fair process that allows the aggrieved candidate who sought the recount an opportunity to observe and object to ballots they believe should not be counted," she continued.
The only Republican on the Board of Canvassers, Rick Baas, said the results of the recount will now be further reviewed, also praising smooth process of the County's recount compared to others.
"A recount is just that: a recount. Now, there’s evidence that will be taken to another level and it will be reviewed there, but this body has conducted itself in a manner that is exemplary," he said.
"We were not the rest of the country. We did not have yelling, screaming, shouting. We had counsel that could make an articulate argument. We’ve done the best we can do given the circumstances that we’re under."
The Trump campaign said that Milwaukee and Dane county's were chosen to conduct recounts because they were the sites of the "the worst irregularities." The Trump campaign has financed more recounts in several key battleground states including Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia.