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Stein Calls Wisconsin Recount Cost 'Exorbitant'

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    Elections officials in Michigan have officially declared Donald Trump the winner of the state's 16 electoral votes, but the fight apparently isn't over.

    Wisconsin's votes will be recounted thanks to the efforts of Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

    Every vote will have to be recounted over the next two weeks, and elections officials aren't happy.

    "To say that we didn't count them correctly the first time, you know, that it's somehow illegal votes counted, is really inappropriate," says the Wisconsin Elections Commission's Mark Thomsen.

    Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania are targets of a recount effort instigated Stein and supported by Hillary Clinton's campaign.

    President-elect Donald Trump has lashed out on Twitter, falsely claiming he won the popular vote "if you deduct the millions who voted illegally."

    It's a claim with zero proof according to experts, including a researcher whose work is quoted by Trump and his transition team.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016)

    Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says she's committed to pay for a vote recount in Wisconsin even though she calls the $3.5 million cost "exorbitant."

    In a tweet Tuesday, Stein criticized the state for its "outrageous increase from the initial estimate of $1.1 million." 

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    Stein says the estimate Monday from Wisconsin election officials means she'll be asking her supporters to raise another $2.4 million. In a statement Tuesday, Stein says it's an "undue burden" but won't stop efforts for recounts in that state and in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

    Stein says irregularities with the Wisconsin vote indicate potential tampering, although state election officials dispute that. She says a recount is the only way to verify the results.

    Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by about 22,000 votes in Wisconsin. The recount will start Thursday if Stein meets a Tuesday deadline to pay for it.