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State Election Officials Say Trump Observers Are Slowing Recount Process

Recount In Milwaukee, Dane Counties Began Friday Morning

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Two workers go through a large stack of ballots on a table
Workers go through a stack of ballots Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, during the Dane County recount at Monona Terrace in Madison. Angela Major/WPR

Election officials overseeing the recount of presidential votes in Wisconsin’s largest county are accusing observers for President Donald Trump of unduly slowing the process.

Trump requested the recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, both heavily liberal, in hopes of closing a more than 20,000-vote gap with Democrat Joe Biden.

On Saturday, Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson said few ballots had actually been counted and the process was falling far behind schedule because of a steady stream of Republican complaints.

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A lawyer for the Trump campaign denied one election commissioner’s accusation that the campaign was acting in bad faith.

A man points with a pen as the recount goes on
A Trump campaign representative gestures as he observes the Dane County recount Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Monona Terrace in Madison. Angela Major/WPR
A woman sits behind plexiglass and flips through ballots
A worker sits behind plexiglass as she looks at ballots for the Dane County recount Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Monona Terrace in Madison. Angela Major/WPR
Two people look in a binder and gesture as the recount goes on
A Trump campaign representative observes the Dane County recount Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Monona Terrace in Madison. Angela Major/WPR
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