In Wisconsin recount, Trump challenges pile up, slow tally

In Wisconsin Recount, Trump Challenges Pile Up, Slow Tally
Mike De Sisti

Election workers recount ballots at the presidential election recount at the Wisconsin Center Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Milwaukee. 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.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A large contingent of observers supporting President Donald Trump are making their presence felt in Wisconsin’s partial election recount.

Trump is paying $3 million for the recount in the state’s two biggest and most liberal counties in a long shot bid to erase Democrat Joe Biden’s more than 20,000-vote victory.

The atmosphere inside the convention hall where the Milwaukee County recount is taking place has turned acrimonious and chaotic at times.

Election commissioners have been in almost perpetual session to address a stream of Trump challenges that the county clerk said was slowing the recount to a crawl.

Election officials Saturday accused Trump representatives and observers of flouting rules to obstruct and delay the recount.