Saturday 22 July 2017

Wisconsin judge refuses to order recount of state's presidential vote by hand

Hillary Clinton. Photo: AFP/Getty
Hillary Clinton. Photo: AFP/Getty

A Wisconsin judge has refused to order a recount of the state's presidential vote by hand.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested the recount last week, claiming - without evidence - that the state's voting equipment may have been hacked.

The state Elections Commission ordered the recount to begin on Thursday but rejected Ms Stein's request that county clerks conduct the recount entirely by hand. Ms Stein then filed a lawsuit seeking an order for a state-wide hand recount.

During a hearing on Tuesday, Ms Stein's lawyers argued that the best way to determine if a cyber-attack occurred was to check ballots by hand against electronic tabulations from election day. But state lawyers said there was no evidence to suggest any attack took place.

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

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