The state Elections Commission today rejected Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s request for a hand recount of the 3 million votes cast in Wisconsin’s presidential race.
That means she’d have to seek a court order to have all 72 counties count ballots by hand. Instead, the commission approved allowing the counties to decide which method worked best for them.
The commission also set a 4:30 p.m. Tuesday deadline for Stein, independent Rocky De La Fuente or both to pay the fee covering the expected costs. That estimate will be delivered to the campaigns by the end of today.Under the timeline approved today, the recount would begin Thursday. Counties would have to wrap up their work by 8 p.m. Dec. 12 after the commission moved up a proposed deadline. That was done to give the commission staff more time to deal with any issues that arise during the recount.