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The Latest: Stein says hurdles, ‘extortion’ stymied recount

December 13, 2016

Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Mark Thomsen, left, and commission administrator Michael Haas view the results of a state-wide presidential recount during a press conference certifying the tallies at the commission's offices in Madison, Wis. Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Trump's victory in Wisconsin was reaffirmed following a statewide vote recount that showed him defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly 23,000 votes. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Jill Stein’s presidential recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says “bureaucratic hurdles, financial extortion and legal maneuvering” stymied her efforts to force election recounts in three states.

Stein held a news conference call Tuesday after a recount concluded in Wisconsin and showed little change in Donald Trump’s nearly 23,000-vote victory over Hillary Clinton. She also wanted statewide recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, but courts blocked her.

Stein says the recounts were stopped despite “overwhelming support.” She raised more than $7.3 million within weeks for the effort.

Stein’s attorney, Jonathan Abady, says the recount exposed barriers and obstacles to voting that could now be addressed. He says Stein will pursue a lawsuit she filed in federal court in Pennsylvania challenging that state’s election system, which he calls “byzantine” and “unworkable.”

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9:27 a.m.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says she plans to donate any money left over from the $7.3 million she raised to force recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Stein said Tuesday that the exact costs of the recounts aren’t known yet, but she expects to have money left over.

Stein is asking donors to complete an online survey about which election reform groups and voting rights groups they want to receive the money.

Wisconsin completed its recount Monday with little changes in the results. President-elect Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by nearly 23,000 votes in the state. A federal court halted Michigan’s recount after three days and another federal judge also did not allow for a recount in Pennsylvania.

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