MADISON — The Dane County attorney overseeing the Trump campaign’s effort to recount and disqualify ballots in the state’s largest counties wants to throw out his own vote.
Jim Troupis, a former Dane County judge and Cross Plains attorney who is representing the Trump campaign’s recount effort, voted early using the state’s in-person absentee option — one of a group of voters whose ballots the Trump campaign has asked election officials to deem illegal.
Troupis and his wife appear on exhibits he submitted to the Dane County Board of Canvassers on Sunday, during the county’s third day of retallying ballots. The exhibits include lists of voters who voted in a manner the campaign alleges is illegal, which the Board of Canvassers has rejected. The information was provided by Dane County to both campaigns.
Troupis would not explain why he voted early or if he believes casting a ballot this way is illegal.
“I’m sure I’m on that list,” he said, while referring other questions to the recount effort’s communications team, which includes Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Andrew Hitt. Hitt did not immediately answer questions.
Troupis submitted the exhibits to the board as a way to establish evidence for an expected legal challenge. Diane Welsh, an attorney for Joe Biden’s campaign, objected to the Trump campaign doing that in the midst of the recount.
“This is not a litigation prep session, this is a recount,” Welsh, a Madison attorney, said during a short hearing at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison where the recount is taking place.
When the recount began in Madison on Friday, the Trump campaign quickly raised objections aimed at tossing tens of thousands of ballots — objections that were rejected. In Milwaukee, its initial objections were more procedural.
Christ Troupis, another representative for Trump’s campaign and the brother of Jim Troupis, told the Dane County Board of Canvassers on Friday when the recount began that it should eliminate all in-person early votes; all mailed-in absentee ballots if written applications for them could not be tracked down; all votes submitted by those who say they are indefinitely confined; and all absentee ballots where clerks wrote in the addresses of witnesses.
The Trump campaign also is seeking applications for in-person early voting from the City of Milwaukee.
The applications are being reviewed during the recount but are not available to those who are not official poll workers.
On Sunday, Trump campaign attorney Stewart Karge requested that the Milwaukee County Election Commission provide the materials to the public.
Jordyn Noenning contributed to this report.