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President Donald Trump files for recount in Dane, Milwaukee counties


UPDATE: The Wisconsin Election Commission has officially received a partial recount petition.

“The request is for all of Milwaukee and Dane Counties. No other counties or jurisdictions were requested,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief election official.  “It was filed in-person in our office today at 10:58 a.m. and appears, upon facial review, to meet all of the requirements in pairing with the payment that was received late yesterday. We understand the eyes of the world will be on these Wisconsin counties over the next few weeks.  We remain committed to providing information about the process and assisting our county clerks by providing facts on the mechanics of a recount and status updates.”

UPDATE: President Donald J. Trump’s re-election campaign said today that it will file a petition for a recount in two Wisconsin counties – Milwaukee and Dane.

The two counties were selected because they are the locations of where the campaign says had the worst irregularities.

Overnight, the campaign transferred $3 million to Wisconsin to cover the estimated cost of the recounts. 

(WAOW) — The Wisconsin Elections Commission say they has received a wire transfer from the Trump campaign for $3 million.

They say in an email and a tweet that no petition has been received yet, but the WEC says the campaign told them one will be filed.

Dean Knudson, the State Elections Commissioner, also tweeted Wednesday morning about the campaigns payment.

"When the candidate behind pays for a partial recount, the leading candidate can request and pay for the remaining wards to be recounted," wrote Knudson.

If Trump wants a statewide recount, his campaign would have to pay $7.9 million up-front. He can also request recounts only in certain counties, which would reduce the cost. 

If a recount is approved by the state, then it must be done within 13 days.

On Tuesday, canvassed vote results were submitted from all 72 counties in Wisconsin. They show that President-elect Joe Biden beat President Trump by 20,608 votes.

This is a developing story.

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