Pres­i­den­tial vote re­count be­gins in Wis.

Baltimore Sun - - TRUMP TRANSITION - By Scott Bauer

MADI­SON, Wis. — The task of re­count­ing Wis­con­sin’s nearly 3 mil­lion votes for pres­i­dent be­gan Thurs­day with scores of hastily hired tem­po­rary work­ers flip­ping through stacks of bal­lots as ob­servers watched their ev­ery move.

The ac­tion in Wis­con­sin could soon be du­pli­cated in Michi­gan and Penn­syl­va­nia, where Green Party pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Jill Stein was push­ing for re- counts. Don­ald Trump nar­rowly beat Hil­lary Clin­ton in all three states, but re­counts were not ex­pected to flip nearly enough votes to change the out­come in any of the states.

Even so, the cam­paigns for Trump, Clin­ton and Stein had ob­servers spread through­out the state. The re­count will have to move quickly. The fed­eral dead­line to cer­tify the vote to avoid hav­ing the fate of Wis­con­sin’s 10 elec­toral votes de­cided by Congress is Dec. 13. Even if that were to hap­pen, the votes would al­most cer­tainly go to Trump, since Repub­li­cans con­trol both cham­bers of Congress.

Most coun­ties will man­u­ally re­count the bal­lots, al­though Stein lost a court chal­lenge to force hand re­counts ev­ery­where. The state’s largest county, Mil­wau­kee, was re­count­ing the bal­lots by feed­ing them through the same ma­chines that counted them on elec­tion night. In Dane County, where Clin­ton won 71 per­cent of the vote, the bal­lots were be­ing counted by hand.

Work­ers in Dane County are be­ing paid $20 an hour and will work two shifts over about 12 hours a day to get the re­count done by the dead­line, said County Clerk Scott McDonell.

Clin­ton lost to Trump by about 22,000 votes in Wis­con­sin.

Trump on Thurs­day ob­jected to a re­count of Michi­gan’s pres­i­den­tial votes, at least de­lay­ing the planned Fri­day start of the re­count there un­til next week.

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Des­ig­nated ob­servers watch Thurs­day as tem­po­rary work­ers, paid $20 an hour, re­count bal­lots in Madi­son, Wis.

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