Wisconsin recount will cost $3.5 million

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Latest on Wisconsin presidential recount (all times local):
 
5 p.m.
 
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein argues in her lawsuit seeking a hand recount in Wisconsin that it wouldn't be as time-consuming as feared and that's the only way to ensure results of the election are accurate.
 
Stein filed the lawsuit Monday after the state Elections Commission rejected her request that it order the recount be done by hand. The recount will start Thursday if Stein pays the estimated $3.5 million cost by Tuesday.
 
Stein says in the lawsuit that the 2016 presidential race was "subject to unprecedented cyberattacks" and lays out a scenario about how votes could be compromised.
 
There is no evidence that Wisconsin voting machines were hacked.
 
Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn has been assigned the case.
 
4:45 p.m.
 
Wisconsin election officials estimate it will cost nearly $3.5 million to conduct a presidential recount in the state.
 
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Independent candidate Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente have both asked for a recount.
 
The Wisconsin Election Commission said Monday the recount will cost about $3.49 million based on county clerks' estimates. The commission says the clerks will have to hire thousands of temporary workers as well as work extra hours and weekends to meet a commission-imposed Dec. 12 deadline. The commission plans to certify the results the following day to meet the Dec. 13 federal deadline for finishing recounts.
 
Commission officials say one or both campaigns must pay $3.49 million by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The recount would then begin on Thursday.
 
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4:25 p.m.
 
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has asked a judge to order a hand recount of the nearly 3 million votes cast in the presidential election in Wisconsin.
 
Stein made the motion Monday in Dane County Circuit Court. She says a hand recount is the only way to determine whether votes as reported are accurate.
 
Republican Donald Trump received 22,177 more votes than Democrat Hillary Clinton to win Wisconsin.
 
Stein is seeking the court order after the Wisconsin Elections Commission voted earlier Monday to reject her call for a hand recount. Instead, the commission voted to allow each of the state's 72 counties to determine how to conduct the recount.
 
Stein faces a Tuesday deadline to pay for the recount, which would then begin on Thursday.
 
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12:15 p.m.
 
Jill Stein says she plans to ask a Madison judge to order that election officials conduct a presidential recount in Wisconsin by hand.
 
The Green Party presidential candidate requested a recount on Friday. The request calls for local election officials to conduct the recount by hand rather than using tabulating equipment to see if any evidence of a cyberattack exists.
 
The state Elections Commission must grant the recount request but on Monday refused to order that the counting be done by hand. The commission's decision came after staff recommended sticking with a state law that allows county clerks to decide whether to count by hand or use machines.
 
Stein issued a news release saying she plans to ask a Dane County judge to order clerks to conduct the recount exclusively by hand.
 
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11:10 a.m.
 
The chairman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission says he is confident president-elect Trump will still be the winner in Wisconsin after a recount.
 
Mark Thomsen is also criticizing Trump for saying, without evidence, that millions of people voted illegally in the election he won, issuing the baseless claim as part of his angry response to a recount effort led by the Green Party and joined by Hillary Clinton's campaign.
 
Thomsen said Monday that "ultimately at the end of the day, the count is going to be the same." Thomsen says "To say that it's not being fair or people are counting illegal votes, from my vantage point is an insult to people running our elections."
 
Thomsen called on Trump to come to Wisconsin to observe the recount, which could begin Thursday.
 
Trump carried Wisconsin by 22,177 votes over Clinton.
 
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10:15 a.m.
 
The Wisconsin Elections Commission has voted unanimously to reject a request from Green Party candidate Jill Stein to conduct a hand recount of the presidential vote.
 
Instead, the commission Monday voted to allow local election clerks to determine the method they would use for a recount.
 
The recount of Wisconsin's presidential vote will begin Thursday if the state receives payment on Tuesday. The commission has given counties until noon Monday to submit estimated costs for the efforts so Stein can be billed. Independent candidate Rocky De La Fuente has also asked for a recount.
 
Stein can ask a judge to order the recount be done by hand, which could considerably delay how quickly it gets done. Federal law requires the recount to be completed by Dec. 13.
 
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10:05 a.m.
 
The chairman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission says a recount of the presidential election will reassure voters that the election was fair and accurate.
 
Mark Thomsen's comments Monday came before the commission voted to approve starting the recount Thursday, once it receives payment from one or both of the candidates who requested it. Local elections officials were to submit estimates for how much the recount will cost by noon Monday.
 
Both Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Independent presidential candidate Rocky De La Fuente on Friday requested a recount.
 
Under federal law, the recount must be done by Dec. 13. The commission voted to have the counties submit their recounted totals by 8 p.m. on Dec. 12.
 
Wisconsin's unofficial election results show Donald Trump with 1,404,000 votes and Hillary Clinton with 1,381,823 votes.
 
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9:40 a.m.
 
A computer expert is telling Wisconsin election officials that the state's presidential recount must be conducted manually.
 
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has asked for a recount in Wisconsin and is preparing to ask for recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, saying she wants to make sure the results weren't hacked.
 
Stein's request includes an affidavit from J. Alex Halderman, who states he's a computer scientist at the University of Michigan. He wrote in the affidavit that the only way to determine whether a cyberattack affected the results is to count ballots manually and examine the voting equipment. He says the records in the equipment could have been manipulated in an attack.
 
Stein would have to get a court order for a hand recount. Her campaign spokeswoman didn't respond to messages Monday inquiring about whether the campaign would go to a judge.
 
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8:45 a.m.
 
The recount of Wisconsin's presidential election could begin on Thursday.
 
That's the proposed start date that the Wisconsin Elections Commission is to vote on approving Monday. The commission is holding an emergency telephone conference to approve the timeline.
 
Starting the recount on Thursday is dependent upon the commission receiving payment from those who requested the recount.
 
Both Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Independent presidential candidate Rocky De La Fuente on Friday requested a recount.
 
Wisconsin counties were to submit estimates for the cost of the recount to the state commission by noon Monday. The commission won't issue the recount order until payment is received.
 
Under federal law, the recount must be done by Dec. 13.
 
Wisconsin's unofficial election results show Donald Trump with 1,404,000 votes and Hillary Clinton with 1,381,823 votes.
 
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12:03 a.m.
 
Wisconsin election officials are meeting to go over a timeline for a recount of the state's presidential election.
 
The recount comes at the request of Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who says it's important to determine whether hacking may have affected the results. Stein says she also plans to request recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
 
President-elect Donald Trump narrowly won Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and has a small lead in Michigan. There's no evidence voter results were hacked or electronic voting machines were compromised.
 
Hillary Clinton's campaign formally joined Stein's Wisconsin effort over the weekend.
 
Wisconsin officials say it will be tough to finish the recount by the federally required deadline of Dec. 13.
 
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