Wisconsin judge rejects bid to stop
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[December 10, 2016]
By Timothy Mclaughlin
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge in Wisconsin on
Friday rejected a request by President-elect Donald Trump supporters to
stop a recount of election votes while the Michigan Supreme Court denied
an appeal by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to restart the state's
The results of the Nov. 8 election have been challenged in three states
by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who finished fourth in the
presidential poll. In Pennsylvania, the third state, a judge said he
would rule on Monday on whether to allow a recount to go forward.
Even if the recounts were carried out, they would be extremely unlikely
to change the outcome of Trump's win over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
In Wisconsin, the Great America political action committee and Stop
Hillary PAC had called on the court to halt the recount, which is more
than 88 percent complete, according to the state elections commission. A
commission spokesman said in an email that the recount was expected to
be completed on Monday.
"The recount is an inherent part of what ensures the integrity of
elections," U.S. District Judge James Peterson said, according to court
Also on Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court, in a 3-2 ruling, denied
Stein's request to restart a recount, affirming a lower court ruling
that she did not have grounds to mount the challenge.
Although Clinton won the national popular vote, by 2.6 million according
to the latest count, she lost to Trump in the Electoral College, the
538-person body chosen state-by-state that actually selects the
Trump, who won a projected 306 electoral votes to Clinton's 232, takes
office on Jan. 20. Neither Stein nor Libertarian Party candidate Gary
Johnson won any Electoral College votes.
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Ballots from the 2016 U.S. presidential election are recounted,
following a request by the Green Party, in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Ben Brewer/File Photo
The three "Rust Belt" states narrowly supported Trump. The New York
businessman and former reality TV star who has never previously held
public office won by more than 68,000 votes in Pennsylvania and
about 11,600 votes in Michigan, according to state figures.
U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond in Philadelphia said at a hearing
that he would return a ruling "first thing Monday morning" on
whether he would grant a request for a partial recount of paper
ballots and a forensic examination of voting computer systems before
the national Dec. 13 certification deadline.
Lawyers for the Green Party, the Trump campaign and the state argued
the matter for three hours, with Stein's supporters saying the
state's election process was so disorganized that state officials
had not known the recount petition filing deadlines for some
(Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Additional reporting by
David DeKok in Philadelphia and Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee;
Editing by Scott Malone and Grant McCool)
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