BREAKING: Milwaukee Board of Canvassers agree with Trump campaign to set aside certain absentee ballots

The legal objections from the Trump campaign were considered by the Milwaukee Board of Canvassers yesterday and they ultimately sided with the Trump campaign on some objections:

 
Fox 11 News provided a list of the legal objections raised by the Trump campaign:

  1. The Trump campaign has been informed by observers, whether sitting or standing, that they are unable to see through plexiglass and observe the ballots and materials being reviewed by election workers and therefore, they believe there is an inadequate opportunity to observe the ballots. Therefore, they are requesting items 2-7. Also, they want to ensure that there is a Trump observer at each table while recount is occurring.
  2. Requesting that all written applications for absentee ballots are present during the recount and are set aside for observation.
  3. Requesting that all absentee ballot envelopes without a written application set aside for observation.
  4. Requesting that all absentee ballot envelopes with different ink set aside for observation.
  5. Requesting that all absentee ballot logs are available, that they include all absentee applications (i.e., online requests) and set aside for observation.
  6. Requesting that all absentee envelopes and applications that identify indefinitely confined voters set aside for observation.
  7. Requesting that all copies or other evidence of all photo identification for any absentee ballot identification set aside for observation.
  8. Requesting that all data for all the tabulating machines and all images of the ballots be preserved today and available for observation. And, that any and all audit trails and/or error trails from tabulating machines from Nov 2-5, 2020 be made available for observation, as well as the names of any technicians that performed any of this work or updates during Nov 2-5, 2020.


Fox 11 says the Board of Canvassers did agree to set some ballots aside from the objections:

Ultimately, the Board of Canvassers directed Milwaukee County poll workers to set aside absentee ballot envelopes that had different colored ink and envelopes marked as indefinitely confined for observation.

That looks like only two out of the eight objections. But even so, Team Biden didn’t like it:

“Setting aside, setting different piles, that is not part of the recount process under the statute,” Biden campaign attorney Chris Meuler said.

So what happens next?

Milwaukee County will recount nearly 460,000 ballots — costing an estimated $2.3 million. The recount process must be done by Dec. 1.

“The timeline, we will continue to plow through this as we go. We expect additional objections and those come to the commission. We’ll just continue to work through the process,” George Christenson, the Milwaukee County clerk, said.

Observers were present at the Wisconsin Center to watch the recounting process. They are not allowed to touch any recount materials, but can walk around the facility and bring any concerns to the Board of Canvassers.

Below is a livestream of the recount in Milwaukee county, which is already underway:

According to Fox 11, “Dane County will begin recounting roughly 345,000 ballots Saturday — which will cost an estimated $740,000.” That’s all the reporting they had on Dane County.

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