Judge Refuses to Order Hand Recount

Interestingly, the group also addressed the recent claims by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein that there were issues with the voting technology used in several states, including Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and MI.

More than 17,000 Branch County ballots have to be counted by hand.

Stein's campaign said she would file a petition Wednesday for a MI recount, after which Trump would have seven days to file objections.

Chris Thomas, director of the Michigan Bureau of Elections, said the recount would begin as early as Friday to meet a December 13 deadline.

On Tuesday night, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn ruled against Stein's call for a hand recount of the election in all of Wisconsin's 72 counties. "This is about helping all the voters so we can have confidence in our election system".

She has raised 6.3 million dollars as of Monday.

President-elect Donald Trump won MI by a razor-thin margin, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton there by just 10,704 votes (out of a total 4.8 million cast).

Meanwhile, Trump claimed on Sunday that he "won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally".

State Department of Justice attorneys filed briefs Tuesday arguing that Stein hasn't shown how a hand recount would change the election's results.

A report from CNN, the general counsel of the Clinton's campaign, Marc Elias, stated that they will join the recount and assure that everything will be fair in all manners.

The six-member commission Thomsen heads is equally split between Democrats and Republicans and voted unanimously to proceed with a machine recount.

Via Skype, Green Party candidate Jill Stein thanked those gathered for a training on how to be recount observers.

President-elect Donald Trump has a 10,704-vote majority over his Democratic rival in MI, which makes it the closest presidential race in MI in more than 75 years.

The statewide webinar focused on getting votes counted correctly and on time.

Stein and her campaign have said it's important to find out whether hacking of voting machines affected the election's outcome, but there's been no evidence to suggest any machines were compromised.