Wanggaard said the request is not a delaying tactic, it is not about denying Dems power in the Senate and there are no "secret plans" for a special legislative session during the recount.
"But I also recognize that in the absence of a voter ID law and so many people suspicious of the election result, bitterness and division will only grow if the results are not recounted," Wanggaard said. "The recount I am requesting on behalf of more than 35,000 supporters has a simple philosophy behind it - ‘Trust but Verify.’”
State Senate Democratic Committee executive director Zac Kramer said, “We are disappointed that Sen. Wanggaard’s last act as a senator will cost the taxpayers of Racine County tens of thousands of dollars. It’s ironic that after all the talk from Republicans about moving Wisconsin forward, they contradict themselves once again by these relentless political games.”
In his petition, Wanggaard alleges numerous challenges by election observers were not properly documented or acknowledged, individuals were allowed to register and vote without proper proof of residence, individuals voted in more than one location and some were given incentives to vote, among other things.
The Racine County Sheriff's Department is investigating claims that suspicious voter registration documents were found last week in a trash bin outside a polling place.
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