Racine County is preparing for a presidential election recount - a massive undertaking that must be done in short order, local officials said - after two third-party candidates formally requested one in Wisconsin last week. "We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system". He said he believes optical scanner machines that most Wisconsin municipalities use to tabulate votes could be hacked with a screwdriver or with portable media containing malware. "The objective of this manual recount is to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the election", he said.
"The grassroots demand for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania will not be stopped, and we look forward to working with the Elections Commissions in Wisconsin and the other states to see this through".
Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, said the recount is a waste of taxpayer dollars. "It is another sign of a democracy in crisis that ordinary citizens must pay so steep a price in order to assure the validity of our votes", she said.
Republicans have said a MI recount would cost taxpayers far more than the $973,000 Stein must pay when filing her recount petition. Stein has already asked for a recount in Wisconsin and plans to do so in Pennsylvania. The president-elect has won all three states, which had gone blue in recent elections prior to this year.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission met Monday and approved a timeline for the recount leading up to the federal deadline on December 13, but it rejected Stein's request to do the counting by hand.
She raised more than $6.5 million via an online fundraiser to initiate efforts for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and MI.
The recount starting Thursday was requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
Yesterday, a state election board certified the election results, which showed Donald Trump won MI by about 10,000 votes.
Stein made the motion Monday in Dane County Circuit Court.
Mr Trump's victory is highly unlikely to be reversed in any of the states. Trump claimed that he would've won the popular vote if not for "millions of people who voted illegally" in the election.
A recount would begin on Friday in the state's 19 largest counties and run all weekend.
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State Attorney General Brad Schimel, a Republican, expressed a different perspective, saying in his own statement that he was "very pleased with the Judge's decision, particularly because she followed the law enacted by the legislature that sets the parameters for a hand recount".