Stein sues in push to force hand recounts in Wis.

Stein sues in push to force hand recounts in Wis.
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Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein filed a lawsuit Monday after the Wisconsin Elections Commission refused to order that her requested recount be completed by hand.


If Stein does not succeed in her Dane County Circuit Court lawsuit, it will be up to the individual counties to decide how they will conduct the recount, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Wisconsin state law provides authority to each county’s Board of Canvassers to decide how to handle a recount and which ballots to count or not count.

Stein’s request for the recount to be completed by hand puts the Badger State’s Board of Canvassers up against a tight deadline, as federal law requires that any recount be completed by Dec. 13.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas told the Journal Sentinel last week that a recount by hand would need an order from a judge and will be a longer process.

Mark Thomsen, the Elections Commission chairman, said he does not doubt President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE will win the recount.  

Trump’s campaign has called the Green Party’s recount push “a scam.”

But Stein’s campaign insists the recount must be done by hand and is prepared to go to court should the Canvassers not be able to reach the Dec. 13 deadline. 

“We are confident the hand counting can be done by December 13,” Stein campaign manager David Cobb said in a statement provided to The Hill on Sunday. “If for some reason WI needs more time to count the ballots, we are prepared litigate this question in the courts to ensure a proper and full counting of all the votes.” 

A spokesperson for the Stein recount effort told The Hill on Sunday that “doing the recount by hand is the only way to ensure we have a reliable recount of the vote.” 

Stein, who also filed for a recount in Pennsylvania on Monday, said last week that the recount is a “non-partisan” effort “to ensure that we can rely on the integrity and security of our votes.” Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonImpeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter MORE’s campaign has said it will participate in the recounts should Stein follow through on her promise to file.

Stein plans to file for a recount in Michigan, where the deadline is Wednesday.

Democrats have typically won Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in recent elections, but Trump won all three en route to his stunning upset victory on Election Day.

Stein admitted Monday that her campaign would not come out as the victor as a result of the effort.

"My campaign is not going to win here, although we might get a more accurate recount of Green votes,” Stein told MSNBC.