The Latest: Wisconsin judge refuses to order hand recount

29Nov - by The AntiGlobalist - 0 - In News

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(Star Tribune/AP) MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s request for a recount in Wisconsin (all times local):

8:45 p.m.

A Wisconsin judge has refused to order local officials to conduct the state’s presidential recount by hand.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested the recount last week. She alleged — without evidence — that the state’s voting equipment may have been hacked.

The state Elections Commission has ordered the recount to begin Thursday but rejected Stein’s request that county clerks conduct the recount entirely by hand. Stein filed a lawsuit seeking an order for a statewide hand recount.

Stein’s attorneys argued during a hearing Tuesday evening that the best way to determine if a cyberattack occurred is to check ballots by hand against electronic tabulations from Election Day. State lawyers countered there’s no evidence to suggest any attack took place.

Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn refused to issue the order, saying Stein’s team failed to show any mistakes or irregularities that would bring a machine recount into question.

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7:05 p.m.

Wisconsin’s chief elections administrator is defending the state’s voting systems in the face of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s lawsuit demanding a hand recount.

Stein has asked for a recount to see if Wisconsin’s voting equipment was hacked. That recount is set to begin Thursday. She has filed a lawsuit to force county clerks to conduct the recount by hand.

State attorneys worked during a hearing Tuesday evening to show Stein’s campaign has no evidence of any problems requiring a hand recount.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Mike Haas testified that the state’s voting tabulating equipment is federally certified and field tested for accuracy. He said he’s not aware of anyone gaining unauthorized access to any equipment anywhere in the state. He added he’s confident the equipment is secure.

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5:35 p.m.

A judge has allowed Hillary Clinton to join Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s lawsuit seeking a hand recount in Wisconsin.

Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn granted a request from Clinton’s attorneys to join the lawsuit without comment during a hearing Tuesday afternoon. Clinton’s team had argued she has a stake in the recount and manual counting is the most transparent method for the public.

Donald Trump beat Clinton by about 22,000 votes in Wisconsin. The recount will start Thursday if Stein or De La Fuente or both meet a Tuesday deadline to pay the $3.5 million cost.

The state Elections Commission is preparing to launch the recount at Stein’s request on Thursday. The commission has denied her request to run the recount entirely by hand, prompting Stein to sue.

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5:10 p.m.

A computer expert is testifying that Wisconsin’s voting machines are susceptible to cyberattacks as part of a lawsuit seeking a hand recount of the state’s presidential votes.

State election officials are preparing to launch a recount at the request of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. She fears the state’s voting systems may have been hacked but has presented no evidence. She has sued to force county clerks to conduct the recount manually.

University of Michigan computer scientist J. Alex Halderman testified during a court hearing Tuesday that he believes the optical vote scanners that most Wisconsin municipalities can be hacked with screwdrivers, by inserting malware into them through portable media or when they receive updates at county offices.

It’s unclear how long the hearing might last. Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn says the proceeding will go until people fall asleep and she has blocked off Wednesday to continue the hearing.

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4:30 p.m.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has delivered $3.5 million to the state of Wisconsin to guarantee a recount of the presidential vote there.

Stein faced a 4:30 p.m. deadline to deliver the money so a recount could start on Thursday. The Wisconsin Elections Commission says they got a wire transfer shortly before Tuesday’s deadline.

Stein says she worries the results were hacked, and says a recount is the only way to know for sure. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by about 22,000 votes, and Stein was far back.

Stein was in court Tuesday afternoon seeking to force the Wisconsin recount to be done by hand. She is also pursuing recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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1:50 p.m.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is trying to convince a judge not to order a hand recount of presidential ballots.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has requested a recount, saying she’s worried results were hacked. State election officials plan to start the recount on Thursday but have rejected Stein’s supplemental request that the recount be conducted exclusively by hand.

Stein has filed a lawsuit asking a Madison judge to order a hand recount. DOJ attorneys filed briefs Tuesday arguing that Stein hasn’t shown how a hand recount would change the election’s results and has offered no evidence of any problems with automatic tabulating equipment. They go on to argue that she’s offered only speculation about security risks inherent in all electronic voting systems.

A hearing in the case has been set for Tuesday afternoon.

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1:25 p.m.

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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1:10 p.m.

Independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente has withdrawn his request for a recount in Wisconsin.

De La Fuente and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein both asked for recounts last week. De La Fuente said then he wanted to expose corruption in the Democratic and Republican parties and illustrate the need for election reform. Stein said she wants to ensure Wisconsin’s results weren’t hacked.

State election officials have estimated the recount will cost about $3.5 million. They won’t order the recount until De La Fuente or Stein or both come up with the money by 4:30 p.m.

De La Fuente said in the release the recount is cost prohibitive.

Stein has raised $6.4 million online since last week to fund recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. She has pledged to pay the cost of the Wisconsin recount by the deadline.

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11:25 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is looking to join Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s lawsuit seeking a hand recount in Wisconsin.

Stein and Independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente have asked for a recount. Stein has asked the recount be completed by hand in every Wisconsin county to verify electronic voting machines weren’t hacked. State elections officials refused to order a hand recount. Stein filed a lawsuit Monday asking a Dane County judge to order a hand recount.

Clinton’s attorneys filed a motion Tuesday seeking to join the lawsuit, arguing the recount could affect her. They also filed a memo supporting the push for a hand recount, saying that method is the most transparent for the public and will ensure the most accurate results.

Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by about 22,000 votes in Wisconsin. The recount will start Thursday if Stein or De La Fuente or both meet a Tuesday deadline to pay the $3.5 million cost.

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9:35 a.m.

A Dane County judge has scheduled a late-afternoon hearing on whether to force local election officials to conduct a looming presidential recount by hand.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente have asked for a recount. Stein asked that the counting be done by hand in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties to verify electronic voting machines weren’t hacked. The Wisconsin Elections Commission refused to grant that request, prompting Stein to file a lawsuit late Monday.

Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn has scheduled a hearing in the lawsuit for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Elections Commission officials plan to begin the recount on Thursday if Stein or De La Fuente pay the recount’s estimated $3.5 million cost by the end of the day Tuesday.

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8 a.m.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says she’s committed to pay for a vote recount in Wisconsin even though she calls the estimated $3.5 million cost “exorbitant.”

Stein says the estimate Monday from Wisconsin election officials means she’ll be asking her supporters to raise another $2.4 million. In a statement Tuesday, Stein says it’s an “undue burden” but won’t stop efforts for recounts in that state and in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Stein says irregularities with the Wisconsin vote indicate potential tampering, although state election officials dispute that. She says a recount is the only way to verify the results.

Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by about 22,000 votes in Wisconsin. The recount will start Thursday if Stein meets a Tuesday deadline to pay for it.

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