It looks like Wisconsin is willing to do a recount but there’s a catch though.
President Trump must pay 7.9 million dollars by Wednesday in order to have an official recount in the state of Wisconsin.
According to Wisconsin law, any “losing” candidate who is within 1 point of the winner can request a recount.
Trump was officially behind Biden by just .6 points so he qualifies for a recount.
If the state of Wisconsin did its job in the first place to try to prevent voter fraud, Trump wouldn’t have to pay the 7.9 million but that would be too much to ask from their Democratic governor.
If Trump wants a recount in Wisconsin it will cost him $7.9 million and the bill is due by 5 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday. https://t.co/lRpQbRTMvc
— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) November 16, 2020
If the Trump campaign wants a statewide recount in Wisconsin — where Biden leads by more than .6 percent — it will have to pay $7.9 million to fund the effort, state elections commission announces. Up front. https://t.co/AstFGNYHFV
— Rosalind Helderman (@PostRoz) November 16, 2020
Wisconsin Elections Commission says a recount of the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin is estimated to cost $7.9 million. The @realDonaldTrump campaign, which has said it plans to request a recount, would be required to pay that amount to the state to begin the process.
— Laurel White (@lkwhite) November 16, 2020
The AP News covered the possible recount in Wisconsin and released these details:
President Donald Trump will have to pay $7.9 million if he wants a statewide recount of unofficial results in Wisconsin showing him losing to Democrat Joe Biden by about 20,500 votes.
That is four times higher than what the recount cost four years ago, a cost increase that elections officials said was driven by expenses related to conducting a recount during the coronavirus pandemic.
Counties had until Tuesday to certify the election results. Assuming the last county canvass isn’t filed until Tuesday as expected, Trump would then have until 5 p.m. on Wednesday to request the recount. The recount could begin as soon as Thursday and be done no later than Dec.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission on Monday released the recount timeline and cost estimate, which was based on costs submitted by the 72 counties.
“We still have not received any indication that there will or will not be a recount,” said Meagan Wolfe, the state’s chief election official. “But we want Wisconsin’s voters to know we are ready.”
Today is the final day for county clerks in Wisconsin to finish canvassing and certify election results. President Trump's campaign must formally request a recount by tomorrow, which this year would cost $7.9 million — up significantly from the $2 million a recount cost in 2016. pic.twitter.com/QYYThlPAPi
— Carl Deffenbaugh (@CarlDeff) November 17, 2020
Fox 11 News chipped in too:
The Wisconsin Elections Commission says it would cost President Donald Trump’s campaign almost four times as much as what the state charged Jill Stein’s campaign in 2016 for a recount.
Wisconsin county clerks estimate it will cost approximately $7.9 million for a statewide recount of 3.2 million ballots, the WEC reports. The final bill for the 2016 recount was a little more than $2 million.
“We still have not received any indication that there will or will not be a recount,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief election official. “But we want Wisconsin’s voters to know we are ready.”
Wisconsin recount would cost Trump campaign $7.9 million; state wants payment upfronthttps://t.co/tAo8H2IJ4J
— Ram Ramgopal (@RamCNN) November 16, 2020
Roadblocks after roadblocks, Democratic governors are continuing to make sure the road for justice in this election is filled with obstacles for the Trump campaign.