Wisconsin election official says recount would be frustrating

Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein, center, meets her supporters during a campaign stop at Humanist Hall in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein, center, meets her supporters during a campaign stop at Humanist Hall in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin election officials are warning a potential presidential recount in the state will create significant frustration for county clerks.

State Elections Commission Elections Supervisor Ross Hein sent a memo to clerks on Wednesday telling them that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is expected to request a recount by 5 p.m. Friday.

The Stein campaign has been raising money online to pay for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. At the time of this writing, it’s raised $4.8 million toward its expanded goal of $7 million — enough to cover recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The Green Party estimates filing fees, attorney fees and other costs mandated by state law will total $6 million to $7 million in those three battleground states.

Hein wrote in the memo that the commission understands the last thing clerks want to hear after a labor-intensive election season is a recount order but said that’s Stein’s right under state law. He added that election officials are certain the recount will create “numerous challenges and significant frustration.”

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