- The Washington Times - Friday, December 2, 2016

A pair of lawsuits aimed at halting vote recount efforts were filed Friday by a Donald Trump supporters in Wisconsin and the state attorney general in Michigan.

The Wisconsin lawsuit, filed by the Great America PAC and the Stop Hillary PAC, allege the recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein is unconstitutional because it violates the due process due rights of individuals who voted for President-elect Trump. The recount effort got underway Thursday and officials with the Wisconsin Elections Commission said it will continue unless a judge orders otherwise.

Election results indicate that Mr. Trump won Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes — or about 1 percent of the ballots cast in the state.

Ms. Stein has pushed for recounts in three states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — that proved critical to Mr. Trump’s win over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. If Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan results were all overturned, Mrs. Clinton would win the White House — though officials in each state were doubtful that would happen.

In Michigan, Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the state asking the Michigan Board of Canvassers to reject Ms. Stein’s recount request. He said Ms. Stein has acknowledged no evidence or voter fraud or widespread errors in the ballot counting process and the recount poses an “expensive and a risky threat to Michigan taxpayers.”

“Michigan voters rejected Stein’s candidacy by massive margins but her refusal to accept that state-verified result poses an expensive and risky threat to hardworking taxpayers and abuses the intent of Michigan law,” Mr. Schuette said. “We have asked the court to end the recount which Stein is pursuing in violation of Michigan laws that protect the integrity of our elections. It is inexcusable for Stein to put Michigan voters at risk of paying millions and potentially losing their voice in the Electoral College in the process.”

In Michigan, where results had been contested since election night, the state’s canvassing board this week certified Mr. Trump as the winner — saying he said he won by 10,704 votes out of 4.8 million cast in the presidential race.

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