Wisconsin election panel rejects hand recount

Wisconsin Election Commission/ Photo courtesy WITI

Wisconsin Election Commission/ Photo courtesy WITI

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 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.

The recount of Wisconsin’s presidential vote will begin Thursday if the state receives payment on Tuesday. The commission has given counties until noon Monday to submit estimated costs for the efforts so Stein can be billed. Independent candidate Rocky De La Fuente has also asked for a recount.

Stein can ask a judge to order the recount be done by hand, which could considerably delay how quickly it gets done. Federal law requires the recount to be completed by Dec. 13.