A U.S. district judge denied a motion to halt a recount of Wisconsin ballots cast in the presidential election Friday, while similar legal action is pending Pennsylvania and Michigan’s re-tabulation was stopped this week.
But the court’s decision would seem to have little significance either way, as the Wisconsin recount is more than 80 percent complete and the margin has changed by only 61 votes. Donald Trump won the state by more than 22,000.
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“The relief you’re asking for is so clearly unwarranted,” U.S. District Judge James Peterson said during a 20-minute hearing. “The recount looks like it’s going smoothly and competently. It’s not going to have any impact on whether the electoral college meets or who takes office.”
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested the recount to determine if election machines were hacked. Two pro-Trump groups, the Great America PAC and the Stop Hillary PAC, filed a federal lawsuit Dec. 1 — the day the recount began — to stop the process.
Peterson said Friday that the Wisconsin recount has so far revealed no irregularities.
Stein also requested recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania — states that Trump narrowly won. A federal judge halted the recount in Michigan this week and a federal judge in Pennsylvania will hold a hearing Friday to consider whether that recount can even begin.