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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Local officials in Wisconsin will decide for themselves how to carry out a presidential election recount after a state judge on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit by former Green Party candidate Jill Stein to have the ballots counted by hand.

A recount of Wisconsin’s three million votes is set to begin on Thursday after Stein’s campaign requested the audit and paid the state’s $3.5-million filing fee, state election officials say.

Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn ruled that Wisconsin’s 72 county clerks will not be required to count ballots by hand as Stein requested in a lawsuit filed on Monday, Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a statement.

Bailey-Rihn said Stein’s lawsuit, backed by the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, fell short of Wisconsin’s legal standard to ban use of ballot machines in a recount and failed to show enough evidence of fraud or other issues, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said.

“I follow the law. That’s who I am, despite my personal opinions,” said Bailey-Rihn, the Journal reported. “It’s (the counties’) decision. It’s their discretion. I may disagree with it … but I must follow the law.”

The ruling will not deter Stein’s efforts, a lawyer for her campaign recount effort said, referring to the hand counting of ballots as the “gold standard.”

“We are calling on all counties to respect the will of Americans across the country and across the political spectrum, and follow the recommendation of the judge, and conduct a hand recount to ensure the accuracy, security, and integrity of this election,” Matthew Brinckerhoff said in a statement.

Stein has also sought a recount in Pennsylvania on Monday, just hours before the state’s deadline, and her campaign said she would file a similar request in Michigan by its deadline on Wednesday.

“Election integrity experts have independently identified Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as states where ‘statistical anomalies’ raised concerns,” her campaign said on its website, seeking donations to pay for recount filing fees.

Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the presidential contest has unleashed talk of recounts, with the Republican president-elect contributing a surprise twist.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that “serious voter fraud” occurred in California, New Hampshire, and Virginia, states that Clinton won.

All three states rejected Trump’s claim, and the White House on Monday said there had been no evidence of widespread election fraud in the presidential contest.

(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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11 responses to “Judge Lets Wisconsin Officials Decide How To Perform Vote Recount”

  1. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    As usual, a Republican states…always with the games. oh the games Republicans play know…every night and every day now..never meaning what they say now…Oh the Games Republicans play now!

  2. Jerry Ford says:


  3. Dan S says:

    If Trump genuinely believes that voter fraud is involved in states like California (yeah right) then by all means we should immediately rule this election tampered with & invalidated post haste. We’ll hold a new election and have official US monitors in every state that has in person voting & make sure there’s no harassment at the polls. What say you Mr. Trump are you ready to win that landslide all over again ?

    • jimmy midnight says:

      The damn thing is, there are reasonable suspicions that county-level
      mucky-mucks in these backwater PA, WI, OH, MI rural counties, and the court just gave ’em carte blanche to keep their shenanigans just as under wraps as they may have been on election day.

    • dbtheonly says:

      Yeah right.

      Snort of derision.

    • Dominick Vila says:

      Illegal aliens? As in extra terrestrials? How about a simpler probability, such as rigged voting machines. Remember who warned us of a rigged election?

      • dpaano says:

        If Trump is SO sure that there were illegal votes in those three states, why doesn’t he put his money where his mouth is and ask for a recount himself? Apparently, he knows he has NO proof of any illegal voting, especially in California, so he’s not going to do that because it would prove him wrong and a liar!

        • Dominick Vila says:

          He reacts that way whenever he thinks he is being challenged. He acts like an elementary school bully.

          • dpaano says:

            Definitely….and as I said above, if the tables had been turned and he had lost in those states, he would have immediately ordered a recount! I’m surprised that he hasn’t ordered a recount of the states that he insists had “illegal voters,” like California. Apparently, Breitbart or some other “false news” site told him that he had actually won the popular vote and, as is his usual deal, he believes them! Hey, Trump, the truth will set you free (LOL)!!! The “Twat with a Tweeter!”

  4. bojimbo26 says:

    Wonder how thick the envelope was that changed hands .

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