Dane County Clerk says presidential election recount has concluded, still need to complete paperwork
MADISON, Wis. — Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell tweeted Saturday night that the county’s Presidential election recount has finished after eight days. McDonell said officials will still meet Sunday to reconcile some precinct information and get their data ready for certification, a process that will begin Sunday morning by the Dane County Board of Canvass.
McDonell tweeted Friday that he expected the counting to wrap up sometime this weekend, likely Sunday.
Both Dane and Milwaukee counties began their recount processes last Friday and took Thanksgiving Day off; Milwaukee finished their count Friday evening. Both have also seen their processes slowed by multiple challenges by the Trump campaign.
McDonell tweeted around 4:30 p.m. Saturday that there was just one “last only precinct,” and said there was “still plenty to do but very close.”
Some of the key Trump campaign objections include about 19,000 indefinitely confined absentee ballots, as well as the roughly 16,000 absentee ballots returned during Madison’s Democracy in the Park event. UW-Madison political science professor Ken Mayer says a longstanding legal principle could get in the way of any serious challenges where voters were following the existing election law.
President-elect Joe Biden’s lead increased by 132 votes after Milwaukee County election officials recounted more than 450,000 votes.
The entire recount process has been open to the public and livestreamed online.