Dane County Clerk: Recount certified; no evidence of voter fraud

MADISON, Wis. — The Dane County Board of Canvassers certified election results Sunday, concluding the county’s recount.

President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner in Dane County.

The final results of the recount found a 91-vote reduction for Biden, taking his vote count from 260,185 to 260,094. There also was a 46-vote reduction for President Donald Trump, changing his vote count from 78,800 to 78,754. In essence, in Dane County, Trump gained 45 votes on Biden, but still trails the state by more than 20,000 votes.

“I said this from day one that these numbers were not going to change much at all and that’s exactly what happened.” Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said.

The disqualified votes were those that were missing voter or witness signatures or addresses, according to the Dane County Clerk.


Dane County election officials finished recounting ballots Saturday night after eight days of counting. County clerk Scott McDonell said they still needed to meet Sunday to reconcile some precinct information and get their data ready for certification.

The entire recount process in Dane County had been open to the public and livestreamed online.

“The only difference is it was frustrating in the middle of a pandemic (when) the hospital rooms in Dane County are full, to create potentially more problems with the COVID crisis when you know this was going to happen,” McDonell said.

McDonell said that there was no evidence of voter fraud.

The Milwaukee County Board of Elections certified its election results Friday evening. President-elect Biden’s lead increased by 132 votes after Milwaukee County election officials recounted more than 450,000 votes.

Wisconsin counties have until Tuesday to certify their results.