The amount includes additional funding for larger spaces required for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wisconsin’s electoral commission said Monday that a statewide recount of votes would cost an estimated $ 7.9 million, money that President Donald Trump’s campaign would have to pay upfront if it requests one.

The bill is more than the $ 2 million former Greens presidential candidate Jill Stein paid for a recount.

President-elect Joe Biden won the crucial battlefield state in the November 3 election by 0.7 percentage points, or about 20,000 votes, with 99 percent of the vote counting, according to Edison Research.

Trump has not yet conceded in the race and is submitting legal objections to the result.

“The legal team continues to investigate the problems with irregularities in Wisconsin, leaving all legal options open, including a recount and an audit,” Trump 2020 legal advisor Jenna Ellis said when asked if the campaign is pushing a petition for a recount would.

Runner-up under state law, Trump has the right to request a recount but must first pay to cover the cost of the operation as Biden’s profit margin was less than 1 percent but more than 0.25 percent.

Election workers Erin Keleske and Brett Rohlwing use a tab machine to process postal ballot papers on election day night at Milwaukee Central Count in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA [Bing Guan/Reuters]Wisconsin’s chief electoral officer, Meagan Wolfe, said in a statement that, as required by law, the district clerks had carefully estimated their cost of recounting Wisconsin’s 3.2 million ballot papers

“We still haven’t received any indication that there will be a recount or not,” said Wolfe.

She said the cost estimate was “significantly higher” than the actual cost of the 2016 recount there, as it provided additional funding for larger rooms required for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as security for those rooms and a larger number included postal ballot papers.

Since Biden, a Democrat, won the election, the Republican president has refused to admit, repeatedly claiming without evidence, that there was widespread electoral fraud.

Election officials from both parties said there was no evidence of major irregularities, and federal election security officials condemned “unsubstantiated allegations” and expressed “great confidence” in the integrity of the elections.

Biden leads Trump in the state electoral college by a margin of 290 to 232. The 16 votes of Georgia are to be awarded after a recount. Biden should have a slight head start in the southern state when the foreign secretary ordered the exam last week.

Biden also won the national referendum with at least 5.5 million votes, or 3.6 percentage points, with some ballots still counted.


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