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Wisconsin election observers forced to wear poop emoji bracelets during vote recount

Election observers in Wisconsin were reportedly forced to wear smiling poop emoji wristbands on Tuesday in order to watch ballot recounts. This happened in downtown Milwaukee. The observers are given different wristbands each day to indicate they’ve passed a health screening.

On previous days, the bands had the word “VIP” printed on them in gold or purple lettering. But that was not the case on Tuesday and it caused upset and disgust among the observers.

“A recount volunteer says she and others were forced to wear these bracelets to participate in recount,” tweeted Vicki McKenna. She is a local conservative talk radio host.

“Staff, attorneys and volunteers all wearing them. Do these people NOT take elections seriously?” McKenna asked.

McKenna called on the Wisconsin Elections Commission to explain whether the wristbands were “acceptable.”

There was denial all around as both the Wisconsin Elections Commission and the Milwaukee County Election Commission said they had nothing to do with selecting the wristbands.

“My understanding is that the Wisconsin Center used whatever wristbands they had in their inventory,” Reid Magney stated. “Each day they use a different wristband.” Many simply do not believe that defense due to the nature of the wristband.

Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson scoffed at the whole incident and promoted the same excuse along with a laughable twist:

“I always thought it was chocolate ice cream, personally,” Christenson said. “Wisconsin Center is our vendor. They handle the logistics. They are probably just pulling what they have in stock, because this is the first opportunity they’ve had to be open in quite some time due to this pandemic. So again, it’s a non-issue. Everybody got one.”

Christenson added, “I think this shows that some people are just desperate for any controversy that they hope will distract from the fact that the recount is going smoothly and will confirm the results reported on election night.”

A recount was requested and paid for by President Trump in Wisconsin after President-elect Joe Biden unexpectedly flipped the state blue. The recount cost $3 million. Allegations of voter fraud were leveled and lawsuits have been filed over voting irregularities in the state. Trump’s campaign last week requested recounts in Milwaukee and Dane, Wisconsin’s two largest and most liberal counties.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday that election officials had discovered 386 absentee ballot envelopes from a southern Milwaukee ward that had not been opened or counted on Election Day due to “human error,” according to Claire Woodall-Vogg, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission. They have since been counted in the recount.

Wisconsin’s recount began on Friday and must be completed by Dec. 1st.

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