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WI Certifies Win for Biden Following Recount

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After the vote certification on Monday by the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Joe Biden formally receives the state's 10 Electoral College votes. (Adobe Stock)
After the vote certification on Monday by the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Joe Biden formally receives the state's 10 Electoral College votes. (Adobe Stock)
December 1, 2020

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Joe Biden's razor-thin election victory over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin is now official. The state certified results that included a partial recount in select counties, and on Monday, Gov. Tony Evers signed the certification.

The Trump campaign had requested recounts in Dane and Milwaukee counties, citing -- without evidence -- instances of unsolicited and illegally altered absentee ballots. The recount added to Biden's total vote count -- he won the Badger State by more than 20,000 votes.

Mike Browne, deputy director at the progressive group A Better Wisconsin Together, said the process showed Wisconsin is transparent in giving people a voice in democracy.

"Our local election officials who administered our elections deserve an enormous amount of credit, and the people who helped at the polls and the people who helped with the counting," Browne said.

Those who questioned the recount request, including voter-advocacy groups, say it targeted diverse communities and saw it as an attempt to suppress votes. Republicans on the Wisconsin Elections Commission felt certification should be delayed until President Trump's legal challenges are exhausted.

Efforts by President Trump and his allies to delegitimize the 2020 vote have raised concerns about people's faith in democracy. But Browne said it has survived past threats. He thinks the focus should be on bringing even more fairness to future elections, and encouraging people to vote.

"Making sure that we have as many people registered to vote as possible, and that when our elections do come around, as many people as possible participate," he said.

The state of Arizona also certified its election results on Monday, confirming another Biden win. The Trump campaign had floated unfounded claims of voter fraud in that battleground state as well.


Support for this reporting was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Mike Moen, Public News Service - WI