Donald Trump will have to pay around $8 million if he wants a statewide recount in Wisconsin, where it showed him losing to Democrat Joe Biden by around 20,500 votes.
This amount is four times higher than what it cost four years ago. The cost was driven by expenses due to the coronavirus pandemic; such as needing larger spaces to permit public observation, social distancing, and the security for those spaces.
Counties had to confirm the election results until Tuesday. On condition that the last county canvass isn’t filed until Tuesday as predicted, Trump would then have time until Wednesday, 5 p.m. to request a recount. The recount could begin on Thursday and be done on the 1st of December, no later than that.
Meagan Wolfe said that they still have not received any indication that there will or will not be a recount, but they want Wisconsin’s voters to know they are ready.
Trump has made unreasonable claims of voting irregularities and fraud, however, according to the Wisconsin election officials, no irregularities or widespread problems were reported.
Trump has started raising money off the expected recount and has pointed out that he will move ahead with it, despite the fact that Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes would not be capable to change the result of the election.
To repeat the counting is not automatic by Wisconsin law, but any losing candidate who is within 1 point of the winner can apply for one.
According to unofficial results, Trump lost by about six-tenths of a point. Candidates must pay for recounts if they are more than 0.25 points behind the winner.
In 2016, Jill Stein of the Green Party paid $3.5 million in advance for the recount. In the end, it cost her $2 million, and she was refunded $1.5 million.
Trump could also be refunded some of the cost if the calculated amount is too high or to reduce the costs, he could request a recount only in some counties.