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UPDATE: Judge denies emergency restraining order against recount

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A federal judge in Madison Friday denied a request for an emergency, temporary restraining order against the recount of presidential ballots in Wisconsin. 

Judge James Peterson said the request from political action committees in support of Donald Trump amounts to a motion for a preliminary injunction, and will hold a hearing in Madison on the case Dec. 9.

Attorneys for the committees say the due process rights of people who voted for the President-Elect are being violated by the recount.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says the recount is necessary to ensure the accuracy of a close vote.  Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the Badger state by 22,000 votes, with nearly three million cast.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A federal judge recused herself Friday from hearing a request from supporters of President-Elect Donald Trump for a temporary restraining order to stop the recount of presidential ballots.


Judge Barbara Crabb gave no reason for the recusal.

Attorneys for the Great America PAC, the Stop Hillary PAC and Wisconsin voter Ronald R. Johnson maintain the due process rights of Trump voters such as Johnson are being violated.  They also contend errors are likely in the recount.

The attorneys also say a Dec. 13 deadline to complete the recount so that there's a guarantee Congress will okay the submission of Wisconsin's ten electoral votes creates a chaotic rush.  They note the 2011 recount of half of the votes in a state supreme court race took weeks to complete.

"What we've told the [county] clerks is keep counting," Wisconsin Elections Commission Spokesman Reid Magney said. "Until a judge holds a hearing and were to make a decision to stop the counting, keep going."


Judge James Peterson is now presiding in the case.  At this time, no hearing in the case has been scheduled.

The recount is being funded by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who claims Wisconsin's voting machinery is vulnerable to hacking, and a verification of the results is needed.  With nearly three million presidential ballots cast, Trump defeated Clinton by 22,000 votes.


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MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) --  Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump have filed a federal lawsuit trying to stop Wisconsin's ongoing presidential election recount.
   The lawsuit and request for a temporary restraining order was filed late Thursday in federal court in Madison. It was filed by the Great America PAC, the Stop Hillary PAC and Wisconsin voter Ronald R. Johnson.
   The lawsuit contends that the recount that started Thursday threatens the due process rights of Johnson and others who voted for Trump. Trump won Wisconsin and the recount was requested by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein.
   The lawsuit also argues that errors are likely in the recount, as election officials are rushing to meet a Dec. 13 deadline.

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