Campaign observers monitor Wisconsin recount

Some Democrats and Clinton voters hold on to the hope that the recounts will show that Democrat Hillary Clinton really carried the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, three close states that gave Republican Donald Trump a majority in the Electoral College.

The Obama administration has said it is confident that no cyber-hacking interfered with election day and that the result was "the will of the American people".

Republicans have said a MI recount would cost taxpayers far more than the $973,000 Stein must pay when filing her recount petition.

Trump in the past has been critical of the recount request, calling it "ridiculous" and "a scam".

But in Michigan, where the recount was slated to begin Friday, Trump's team filed an objection with the Michigan Bureau of Elections, which automatically halts the recount until the objection is resolved.

It argues Stein is not entitled to a recount "aggrieved" by any fraud or mistake, the ballots can not be counted before the electoral college votes are counted and that the petition was not properly signed or sworn by Stein.

The first recount of the presidential election starts today in Wisconsin as two other states are preparing for their own iterations. These states are Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The Stein campaign was asking for a recount and a forensic analysis of voting machines.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, in a statement following her office's receipt of Stein's recount request, said, "The cost of this recount to Michigan taxpayers could easily reach into the millions of dollars".

The recount effort is headed by Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president.

Stein raised almost $7 million in less than a week to launch vote recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The board is also scheduled to meet 12 p.m. Saturday at Room 426 in the State Capitol building.

Meanwhile, the recount in MI, where Trump won by 10,704 votes, is set to begin on Friday, barring a legal challenge from Trump.

Earlier this week, Michigan's Board of State Canvassers certified that Donald Trump had won the election, about three weeks after the ballots were cast.

The recount could begin this Friday in Michigan's largest 19 counties, followed by the remaining 64. His campaign has not filed for recounts in any of those states.

Stein "finished no higher than fourth in any state where she appeared on the ballot", the filing states.

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