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Judge lets Wisconsin officials decide how to perform presidential vote recount

Judge lets Wisconsin officials decide how to perform presidential vote recount

Mark Brewer, the Michigan-based attorney representing Stein, arrived at the Board of Elections with several other attorneys representing the campaign.

"Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein says she will continue her efforts despite a Wisconsin court's ruling to reject her request for a recount by hand".

Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, said the recount is a waste taxpayer dollars. Her campaign has insisted that a hand recount is the "only way to ensure we have a reliable recount of the vote". "That's who I am, despite my personal opinions", said Bailey-Rihn, the Journal reported. The Clinton camp, which has already acknowledged a recount is unlikely to change the outcome in Wisconsin, said in a court filing Tuesday that a hand recount would provide greater confidence in the final result of the election and might catch more mistakes than a machine count. Stein had to file a lawsuit to try and force a recount because she missed the November 21 filing deadline. If the recount is not blocked by challenges, elections officials could begin the task of hand counting more than 4 million ballots as soon as Friday.

The Wisconsin Republican Party filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission on Wednesday alleging that Stein's recount effort amounts to illegal coordination with Clinton created to circumvent the law and public scrutiny. He brought along a check for $973,250 which represents the $125 per precinct Stein must pay for the recount.

President-elect Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by 10,704 votes out of almost 4.8 million ballots cast in MI, but Stein alleges that irregularities and the potential for hacking into scanning devices call the results into question.

Ms Stein has not said there was any evidence of fraud or hacking.

"Our focus will be on verifying the vote on the ground and we urge all counties to follow the recommendation of the judge and conduct a hand recount, which she called the 'gold standard, '" spokeswoman Margy Levinson said.

Clinton would have to win recounts in all three states to receive enough electoral votes to win the presidency. Stein - who received just a tiny piece of the national vote - also plans to ask for a recount in MI on Wednesday.