Judge allows recount to continue in Wisconsin


Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump moved on Friday to halt the Green Party's requests for long-shot recounts of the presidential votes in three states where Mr Trump, a Republican, won with narrow victories.

The court said there is no harm in allowing the recount to continue, after two pro-Trump political action committees and a Wisconsin voter filed a lawsuit and a request for a temporary restraining order. He says the delay means the recount might not be finished by a December 13 deadline. In Pennsylvania, a hearing was scheduled for Monday on Stein's push to secure a court-ordered statewide recount, a legal maneuver that has never been tried, according to one of the attorneys who filed it. The Wisconsin Department of Justice was reviewing the lawsuit, said Johnny Koremenos, spokesman for Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein filed for recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. A spokeswoman for Stein's campaign didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment Friday.

Under Michigan law, the recount is halted when the Board of State Canvassers resolve the objection.

Lawyers for the Trump campaign argue that Green Party candidate Jill Stein can't seek the recount in MI because she wasn't "aggrieved" to the point where potential miscounting of votes could have cost her the election. She garnered 1 percent of the vote in MI.

Stein has already requested recounts of the presidential votes in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The Trump campaign's own attorneys have also moved to block recount efforts in Pennsylvania and MI.

Here's an update on what's going on with Jill Stein's recount efforts in those states.

Trump surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win, with 306 electoral votes, and the recount would have to flip the result to Clinton in all three states to change the overall result.

Although Clinton's popular vote lead has increased beyond 2.5 million, it is unlikely that Clinton could come out victorious after recounts in the three states. Even if the recounts happen, though, none would be expected to overturn the results in Democrat Hillary Clinton's favour.

"You're not aggrieved if you want on a lark to foist the taxpayers" with a $5 million bill and "the elections officials to go on a wild goose chase", attorney Gary Gordon told the board.

Trump followed by filing his own lawsuit Friday arguing Stein doesn't have legal standing.

The Wisconsin recount doesn't carry almost the same drama as the Florida recount in 2000, when the outcome of the presidential race between Al Gore and George W. Bush hung in the balance.

"Verifying the vote through this recount is the only way to confirm that every vote has been counted securely and accurately and is not compromised by machine or human error, or by tampering or hacking", Stein said.

Jill Stein has filed a federal lawsuit to try to force MI to conduct a recount.