Elections Commission: New recount cost estimate is $3.9 million

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin election officials are now saying recounting the state's presidential votes could cost nearly $4 million.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has requested the recount. Under state law she's responsible for covering the cost. The state Elections Commission initially told her campaign that the process could cost about $3.5 million. She must pay the state that amount by 4:30 p.m. to trigger the recount.

But Commission officials now say they made a computation error when they compiled county clerks' individual cost estimates. They now believe the recount will cost $3.9 million.

Commission spokesman Reid Magney says the panel still expects only $3.5 million from Stein by the end of business on Tuesday but she'll have to pay the actual cost, whatever that is.

A Stein campaign spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email.

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