Wisconsin recount would cost Trump campaign $7.9 million
November 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
BELOIT, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 03: Election officials begin counting absentee ballots at City Hall on November 03, 2020 in Beloit, Wisconsin. Wisconsin requires election officials to wait to begin counting these votes until after polls open on election day. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The Wisconsin Elections Commission said Monday that if President Donald Trump's campaign wants a recount of the razor-thin presidential race in the state, it will need to pay $7.9 million upfront.
(CNN)The Wisconsin Elections Commission said Monday that if President Donald Trump's campaign wants a recount of the razor-thin presidential race in the state, it will need to pay $7. 9 million upfront.
But because Biden's winning margin is larger than 0. 25%, state law says that the Trump campaign must prepay the estimated cost of the recount.
Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin's chief elections official, said Monday that the estimated price tag is $7. 9 million, which is much higher than the $2 million statewide recount that was conducted after the 2016 election.
The deadline to file for a recount and submit payment by 5 p. m. CT Wednesday, and that day is the only day that the Trump campaign can file its request.
The recount must be completed by December 1, which is also the deadline, under state law, for the Wisconsin Elections Commission to certify the results.
Wolfe added that the Wisconsin Elections Commission still has not received an official request from the Trump campaign for a recount, but they want to be prepared.
The Trump campaign previously announced that it wants a recount in Wisconsin and has pushed false conspiracy theories about voting irregularities.