Wisconsin Recount Targets 2 Democratic Strongholds, Home to Black and Hispanic Voters

PBS FRONTLINE
November 25, 2020
by Lila Hassan

In a last-ditch attempt to undermine the 2020 presidential election, the Trump campaign has targeted Wisconsin’s two most heavily Democratic strongholds, home to significant Black and Hispanic populations.

Unlike Georgia and Arizona, where the campaign has pursued statewide recounts, the campaign’s request for a Wisconsin recount was limited to Dane County, where Biden unofficially took 75.5% of the vote, and Milwaukee County, where Biden took 69.13%.

Around 42% of Milwaukee County’s population is Black or Hispanic, according to the U.S. Census Bureau; Dane County, home to the state’s capital of Madison, is 12% Black or Hispanic.

“Their ballots are being targeted,” Thomas Holbrook, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, told FRONTLINE. “Especially, Milwaukee — the largest concentration of ballots of people of color.”

Mark Halvorson, who founded Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota, a nonpartisan group that advocates for nationwide election transparency and conducts election audits, also expressed concern.

“What I find most alarming was the attempt to have tens of thousands of ballots thrown out, which would have amounted to massive voter disenfranchisement,” Halvorson told FRONTLINE....

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Published Date: 
Wednesday, November 25, 2020