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Donald Trump supporters ask judge to stop Wisconsin presidential recount

December 2, 2016

Donald Trump supporters are asking a federal judge to stop Wisconsin’s presidential election recount, which got underway Thursday.

The unprecedented statewide recount began Thursday morning, bringing no major surprises on day one of what’s expected to be a nearly two-week task of recounting nearly 3 million ballots.

Great America PAC, a political committee supporting Trump, filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin’s Western District court late Thursday. It asks the court to immediately halt the recount because, according to the complain, it could jeopardize Wisconsin’s ability to comply with federal “safe harbor” laws requiring all states to resolve election conflicts by Dec. 13 in advance of when the Electoral College meets Dec. 19 to formally elect the next president.

The complaint argues that the recount would violate constitutional equal protection requirements because the state lacks uniform standards to determine which votes should be counted in a recount. In that way, the complaint argues Wisconsin’s recount is being done in a way that contradicts principles laid out by the U.S. Supreme Court in its landmark Bush v. Gore ruling following the 2000 presidential election.

“This court should enjoin the recount to prevent careless mistakes from tainting the results of the election, or incomplete or partial results to cast a pall over President-elect Trump’s victory,” the complaint says.

The recount is the first of a presidential election in any state since 2004 and part of a bid by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein to scrutinize votes in three states that tipped the Electoral College to Republican Donald Trump.

Wisconsin’s recount got underway in all 72 counties Thursday. It was requested and paid for by Stein, whose campaign suggested — despite a lack of evidence — that fraud or error may have altered the vote total.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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