2020-11-19 10:05

Trump campaign requests costly partial recount in Wisconsin roa世界播


The Trump campaign on Wednesday filed a petition for a partial recount in Wisconsin, where President Donald Trump trails President-elect Joe Biden, the apparent winner of the state, by more than 20,000 votes. roa世界播

特朗普竞选团队周三提交了一份请愿书,要求在威斯康星州进行部分重新计票。在威斯康星州,唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)总统落后候任总统乔·拜登(Joe Biden)2万多张选票,拜登显然是该州的胜利者。roa世界播

The campaign wired $3 million to the Wisconsin Election Commission for the long-shot bid to overturn the state results. In a statement, the campaign said it was asking for recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties, mostly Democratic areas in which Biden defeated Trump by large margins. Biden captured more than 75 percent of the vote in Dane and more than 69 percent of the vote in Milwaukee. roa世界播


"These two counties were selected because they are the locations of the worst irregularities," the campaign said in a release, charging that they were areas where there were "illegally altered absentee ballots, illegally issued absentee ballots, and illegal advice given by government officials allowing Wisconsin’s Voter ID laws to be circumvented." roa世界播


The state’s top elections chief and local officials have said there were no reports of widespread problems or wrongdoing. roa世界播


The Biden campaign shrugged off the development. roa世界播


"Election officials worked extremely hard under unprecedented circumstances to ensure all votes were counted quickly and accurately, and the recount demanded and paid for by the Trump campaign will once again confirm Joe Biden’s victory,” Nate Evans, the campaign's Wisconsin communications director, said. roa世界播

竞选团队威斯康星州公关主管内特·埃文斯(Nate Evans)表示:“选举官员在前所未有的情况下付出了极大的努力,以确保所有选票都能快速准确地清点完毕,而特朗普竞选团队要求并支付的重新计票将再次确认乔·拜登(Joe Biden)的胜利。”roa世界播

The Trump campaign, which had been soliciting donations for a recount, had until the close of business Wednesday to ask for it. The recount must be completed ahead of the state's Dec. 1 certification deadline. The solicitations to raise funds for recounts and election court challenges have included a disclaimer noting that 60 percent of the money will go to pay down debts from the general election and that the funds will go to a "recount account" only after those debts have been paid or people have maxed out on what they can contribute to Trump's re-election. The remaining 40 percent goes to the Republican National Committee. roa世界播


A full statewide recount would have cost $7.9 million, including expenses for extra safety precautions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. roa世界播


Green Party candidate Jill Stein filed for a statewide recount in the 2016 election after Trump won the state by almost 23,000 votes. Trump, the president-elect, had mocked those efforts, calling Stein's move a "scam" designed to “fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount." roa世界播


The "results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing,” Trump said then. The president's son Eric had tweeted that the $3.5 million Stein's campaign was spending could have saved at least "5,000 Children's Lives." roa世界播


The recount wound up netting Trump a little more than 100 votes. roa世界播


Under Wisconsin law, a second-place finisher has the right to petition for a recount if they are losing by less than 1 percent of the vote, but the campaign has to pay the costs. roa世界播


State elections officials said late Wednesday morning that they had "received a wire transfer from the Trump campaign for $3 million," and the campaign's petition was hand-delivered a short time later. “We understand the eyes of the world will be on these Wisconsin counties over the next few weeks," elections chief Meagan Wolfe said in a statement. roa世界播

州选举官员周三上午晚些时候说,他们“收到了特朗普竞选团队300万美元的电汇”,竞选团队的请愿书很快就被亲手递交了。选举负责人米根·沃尔夫(Meagan Wolfe)在一份声明中说:“我们知道,在接下来的几周里,全世界的目光都将集中在威斯康星州的这些县上。”roa世界播

Brian Rothgery, a spokesman with Milwaukee County, said they are "very well prepared" for a recount. County officials are in communication with municipal clerks, have reserved a large space to ensure social distancing, and have a schedule in place. The county will begin counting on Friday if the official recount order is submitted from the state Elections Commission on Thursday, as planned. roa世界播

密尔沃基县发言人布莱恩·罗斯格里(Brian Rothgery)表示,他们已经为重新计票做好了“非常充分的准备”。县官员正在与市政办事员沟通,预留了很大的空间以确保社交距离,并制定了时间表。如果州选举委员会按计划在周四提交官方重新计票命令,该县将于周五开始计票。roa世界播

Officials estimate that some municipalities will complete counts within one day, while Milwaukee, the largest city in the state, should complete its count within six days. roa世界播


Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson told reporters that he thought Milwaukee and Dane counties were chosen by the campaign because they are “Democratic strongholds, and Milwaukee is a majority minority city,” not because there are more irregularities as the Trump campaign claims. He called Trump's effort “just another form of voter suppression.” roa世界播


Trump has repeatedly made claims of fraud and irregularities in the Wisconsin election, without evidence. A federal lawsuit making similar claims to the Trump campaign's was withdrawn Monday. roa世界播


In an interview along with Christenson on MSNBC, Dane County Clerk Scott McDonnell told Ayman Mohyeldin that the amount of misinformation coming from the White House is "so frustrating." roa世界播

在与克里斯滕森一起接受MSNBC采访时,戴恩县办事员斯科特·麦克唐奈(Scott McDonnell)告诉艾曼·莫海尔丁(Ayman Mohyeldin),从白宫传来的大量错误信息“令人沮丧”。roa世界播

"George and I trained for a year-and-a-half or more for this kind of disinformation to come from the Kremlin. You know, that's what we were trying to figure out how we were going to try to mitigate that disinformation and point it out," he said. "We never thought it would be coming from ourselves, from within the United States." roa世界播


As of Wednesday morning, Biden was leading Trump 49.5 percent to 48.8 percent, or 1,630,716 votes to 1,610,151. roa世界播


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