JILL STEIN SUES WISCONSIN, BUT MUST PAY $3.5 MILLION BY TOMORROW IF SHE WANTS WISCONSIN RECOUNT TO BEGIN ON THURSDAY – MEANING: NO RECOUNT WILL HAPPEN UNLESS STEIN DROPS THE LAWSUIT!
JILL STEIN UPDATE: STEIN SUES WISCONSIN FOR REJECTING HAND RECOUNT REQUEST. SHE MUST PAY$3.5 MILLION BY TUESDAY FOR WISCONSIN RECOUNT TO BEGIN ON THURSDAY.
Okay, so she’s suing because she wants a hand recount. Wisconsin is ready to start a recount on Thursday as long as they pay tomorrow the $3.5 million cost. If Stein will wait for result of her lawsuit, then don’t expect any recount to happen yet. If she drops the lawsuit and pay tomorrow, then she’d get the recount on Thursday.
‘Unless Stein wins her lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court, officials in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties would decide on their own whether to do their recounts of the 2.98 million statewide votes by machine or by hand, with dozens of counties expected to hand count the paper ballots.’
Madison — The Wisconsin Elections Commission agreed Monday to begin a recount of the presidential election on Thursday but was sued by Green Party candidate Jill Stein after the agency declined to require county officials to recount the votes by hand.
It will be a race to finish the recount in time to meet a daunting federal deadline, and the lawsuit could delay the process. Under state law, the recount must begin this week as long as Stein or another candidate pays the $3.5 million estimated cost of the recount by Tuesday, election officials said.
Also Monday, Stein filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania to force a recount there and her supporters began filing recount requests at the precinct level in the Keystone State. Stein — who received just a tiny piece of the national vote — also plans to ask for a recount in Michigan on Wednesday.
Unless Stein wins her lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court, officials in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties would decide on their own whether to do their recounts of the 2.98 million statewide votes by machine or by hand, with dozens of counties expected to hand count the paper ballots.
Recount would start Thursday
Under the plan adopted Monday, the Wisconsin recount would begin Thursday, provided Stein, De La Fuente or both paid the $3.5 million by Tuesday. County officials would have to complete their recount by 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and then the state election commission would prepare the official recount for certification by Dec. 13 — the deadline for guaranteeing that the state’s electoral college votes are counted.
If Monday’s cost estimate is high, Stein and De La Fuente will get a refund but if the costs come in above expectations they will have to pay more.
Stein has taken in $6.5 million since Wednesday through an online fundraising blitz to fund her recount efforts. A spokeswoman for De La Fuente said he is considering his options for paying for his share of the recount.