Trump Observers Disrupting, Delaying Wisconsin Vote Recount
Donald Trump campaign representatives serving as observers of the ballot recount in Wisconsin are disrupting and slowing down the process by making constant, frivolous objections to how state election workers are doing their job.
In some instances Trump’s observers are objecting to every ballot that tabulators pull to count. Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson said the incessant Republican complaints are putting the recount far behind schedule. He said many Trump observers were breaking the rules by constantly interrupting vote counters with questions and comments. “That’s unacceptable,” he said. Many of them “clearly don’t know what they are doing.”
The MKE County Clerk also says that the recount is behind schedule, in part because observers have been disruptive. He also says that some Trump campaign observers have been objecting to every ballot. pic.twitter.com/XeT3NrSbcR
— Mary Spicuzza (@MSpicuzzaMJS) November 21, 2020
County election commissioner Tim Posnanski told his fellow commissioners that there appeared to two Trump campaign representatives at some tables where ballots were being counted. Rules for the recount stipulate there should be one observer from each campaign per table. At one recount table, one of Trump’s observers objected to every ballot that tabulators pulled from a bag simply because they were all folded.
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.”
Trump’s observers began their effort to disrupt the recount almost as soon as it began on Friday. One refused to properly wear a face mask and was ejected from the hall where the recount is taking place. Then on Saturday another Trump observer was escorted out of the building by sheriff’s deputies after pushing an election official.
Trump’s campaign had to pony up $3 million in advance to have votes recounted in Milwaukee and Dane counties. Dane County is home to the state capital of Madison. Both counties are heavily liberal with significant Black populations. Trump’s targeting of the recount to just those two counties is widely viewed as a racist ploy. He lost the state to President-elect Joe Biden by more than 20,000 votes and most experts see no chance that the recount will change that result.