Green Party’s Stein Demands Hand Recount in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (CN) – Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has demanded a hand recount of Wisconsin ballots from the Nov. 8 election, claiming in state court that foreign governments hacked voting systems in other states.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission, the defendant in Monday’s Dane County lawsuit, has just two weeks to perform a recount of nearly 3 million votes, according to an agenda from its Monday meeting.

While past recounts have been done using electronic tabulation, Stein claims this presents the same security and accuracy concerns that plague the current results, achieved primarily with touch-screen voting machines and optical scans of paper ballots.

“The 2016 presidential election was subject to unprecedented cyberattacks apparently intended to interfere with the election,” Stein says in her complaint, referring to reported hacks of the Democratic Party email system and voter registration systems in Iowa and Arizona.

The lawsuit continues, “The Department of Homeland Security has stated that senior foreign government officials commissioned these attacks. Attackers attempted to breach election offices in more than 20 other states.”

Combined with the fact that 18 percent of voters in one poll do not view this presidential election’s results as legitimate, Stein says, voters cannot be asked to trust computerized recount systems.

Republican president-elect Donald Trump surprised many when he won Wisconsin by 1 percent, despite polls showing him lagging behind Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Stein got 1.1 percent of the vote in Wisconsin, according to Ballotpedia. She is represented by Christopher Meuler of Friebert, Finerty & St. John in Milwaukee.