The Battle Begins As Wisconsin Denies Jill Stein Request For Statewide Hand Recount

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has denied a request by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein for a hand recount of all ballots.

The AP reported, “The Wisconsin Elections Commission has voted unanimously to reject a request from Green Party candidate Jill Stein to conduct a hand recount of the presidential vote. Instead, the commission Monday voted to allow local election clerks to determine the method they would use for a recount.”

Stein can appeal, and ask a judge to order the recount by hand, but it appears that the plan is to simply run the same ballots through the voting machines again. Running the ballots through the machines again will accomplish nothing, as Stein is claiming that the election system is not secure and could have been compromised.

Green Party officials said on Sunday that they are willing to go to court to get what they are spending a million dollars on. They want a hand recount of all ballots in the state. It looks the 2016 recount has run into its first court battle as Wisconsin election officials have shown that they intend to push this recount through as quickly as possible.

Stein is going to need to go to court, and if the 2000 recount is a guide, she will need to raise a great deal of money, because most of the critical battles in the process will play out in court, not at tables in precincts around the state.