UPDATE: Stein says hand recount would not be as time consuming as feared.

Published: Nov. 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein argues in her lawsuit seeking a hand recount in Wisconsin that it wouldn't be as time consuming as feared and that's the only way to ensure results of the election are accurate.

Stein filed the lawsuit Monday after the state Elections Commission rejected her request that it order the recount be done by hand. The recount will start Thursday if Stein pays the estimated $3.5 million cost by Tuesday.

Stein says in the lawsuit that the 2016 presidential race was "subject to unprecedented cyberattacks" and lays out a scenario about how votes could be compromised.

There is no evidence that Wisconsin voting machines were hacked.

Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn has been assigned the case.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Jill Stein says she plans to ask a Madison judge to order that election officials conduct a presidential recount in Wisconsin by hand.

The Green Party presidential candidate requested a recount on Friday. The request calls for local election officials to conduct the recount by hand rather than using tabulating equipment to see if any evidence of a cyberattack exists.

The state Elections Commission must grant the recount request but on Monday refused to order that the counting be done by hand. The commission's decision came after staff recommended sticking with a state law that allows county clerks to decide whether to count by hand or use machines.

Stein issued a news release saying she plans to ask a Dane County judge to order clerks to conduct the recount exclusively by hand.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The chairman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission says he is confident president-elect Trump will still be the winner in Wisconsin after a recount.

Mark Thomsen is also criticizing Trump for saying, without evidence, that millions of people voted illegally in the election he won, issuing the baseless claim as part of his angry response to a recount effort led by the Green Party and joined by Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Thomsen said Monday that "ultimately at the end of the day, the count is going to be the same." Thomsen says "To say that it's not being fair or people are counting illegal votes, from my vantage point is an insult to people running our elections."

Thomsen called on Trump to come to Wisconsin to observe the recount, which could begin Thursday.

Trump carried Wisconsin by 22,177 votes over Clinton.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Elections Commission has voted unanimously to reject a request from Green Party candidate Jill Stein to conduct a hand recount of the presidential vote.

Instead, the commission Monday voted to allow local election clerks to determine the method they would use for a recount.

The recount of Wisconsin's presidential vote will begin Thursday if the state receives payment on Tuesday. The commission has given counties until noon Monday to submit estimated costs for the efforts so Stein can be billed. Independent candidate Rocky De La Fuente has also asked for a recount.

Stein can ask a judge to order the recount be done by hand, which could considerably delay how quickly it gets done. Federal law requires the recount to be completed by Dec. 13.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The chairman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission says a recount of the presidential election will reassure voters that the election was fair and accurate.

Mark Thomsen's comments Monday came before the commission voted to approve starting the recount Thursday, once it receives payment from one or both of the candidates who requested it. Local elections officials were to submit estimates for how much the recount will cost by noon Monday.

Both Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Independent presidential candidate Rocky De La Fuente on Friday requested a recount.

Under federal law, the recount must be done by Dec. 13. The commission voted to have the counties submit their recounted totals by 8 p.m. on Dec. 12.

Wisconsin's unofficial election results show Donald Trump with 1,404,000 votes and Hillary Clinton with 1,381,823 votes.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Local election officials in western Wisconsin have started recounting votes in the race for a key state Senate seat.

Election Day returns show Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling with a 56-vote lead over Republican challenger Dan Kapanke. He filed a request for a recount with the state Elections Commission last week.

Officials in the four counties in the Senate district -- Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon -- began recounting votes Monday morning. Commission officials say the recount could take anywhere from three to six days.

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