Wisconsin Elections Commission unanimously rejects hand recount request
Has also voted to allow local election clerks to chose their method for recount
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 December 13.
The chairman on the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Mark Thomsen, is confident president-elect Trump will still be the winner in Wisconsin after a recount.
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 continued saying, “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.”
He has called on Trump to come to Wisconsin to observe the recount, which could begin Thursday.
Trump carried Wisconsin by 22, 177 votes over Clinton.