The Vote Recount In Wisconsin Could Be Derailed By A Lawsuit From Donald Trump’s Supporters
On Friday, the Associated Press reported that Donald Trump supporters are trying to stop the Wisconsin recount. The Associated Press tweeted that Trump supporters had filed a "federal lawsuit seeking to halt Wisconsin's ongoing presidential election recount." According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit was filed late Thursday in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin. The motion was filed by two pro-Trump PACs, the Great America PAC and the Stop Hillary PAC, and Ronald R. Johnson, who ABC News simply identified as a "Wisconsin voter."
Update: Trump supporters have filed challenges to recounts in all three states targeted by Jill Stein's campaign, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, according to the New York Times.
The lawsuit claims that the recount in Wisconsin, which began on Thursday, "threatens the due process rights of Johnson and others who voted for Trump," the Associated Press reported. The recount in Wisconsin was spearheaded by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who has launched a campaign to fund recounts in not only Wisconsin, but Michigan and Pennsylvania, as well.
Wisconsin is not the only state that is facing recount problems. On Friday, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a suit to halt the recount in his home state, stating in the claim that:
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.
Under the stated deadlines, the Wisconsin recount must be completed by Dec. 13. Electors convene in their respective states on Dec. 19 to officially cast their votes for president and vice president. Each state will send sealed certificates of vote to Vice President Joe Biden, who presides over the process, acting as president of the U.S. Senate. On Jan. 6, 2017, the certificates will be opened during a joint session of Congress and the Electoral College votes will be read and become official.
On Jan. 16, the votes will be officially counted.