One of the Trump campaign’s lawyers in Wisconsin is seeking to get thousands of ballots discarded — including his and his wife’s votes.
For the Nov. 3 election, Jim Troupis, a former Dane County judge representing the campaign, and his wife voted early and in-person absentee. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, their ballots are one of the types he’s seeking to get thrown out. He and his wife appeared on documents submitted to the Dane County Board of Canvassers over the weekend regarding a list of voters who cast their ballot in a way the campaign claims is illegal. The Board of Canvassers has rejected the claim thus far.
“I’m sure I’m on that list,” Troupis said, although he did not say why he voted the way he did. The list is viewed as a preemptive legal measure carried out as a way to establish evidence for an expected legal challenge.
“This is not a litigation prep session, this is a recount,” said Diane Welsh, an attorney for President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign, during a short hearing.
Previously, Troupis stated the vote count in Dane and Milwaukee counties, both of which leaned in Biden’s favor, needed a recount.
“Regrettably, the integrity of the election results cannot be trusted without a recount in these two counties and uniform enforcement of Wisconsin absentee ballot requirements,” he said in a Wednesday report from the Associated Press. “We will not know the true results of the election until only the legal ballots cast are counted.”
Biden won Wisconsin by around 20,000 votes, which is less than 1%.
The president’s campaign has filed a number of lawsuits in battleground states that Biden won, alleging widespread voter fraud and irregularities, including in Wisconsin, however, they have had limited success in court and have brought forth minor amounts of evidence to substantiate their claims. While several media outlets have called the race for Biden, Trump has yet to concede the race.
Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Andrew Hitt, who sits on the recount effort’s communications team, did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.