Judge allows Clinton to join Stein's recount lawsuit for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -
UPDATE: 
 
   5:35 p.m.
 
   A judge has allowed Hillary Clinton to join Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's lawsuit seeking a hand recount in Wisconsin.
 
   Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn granted a request from Clinton's attorneys to join the lawsuit without comment during a hearing Tuesday afternoon. Clinton's team had argued she has a stake in the recount and manual counting is the most transparent method for the public.
 
   Donald Trump beat Clinton by about 22,000 votes in Wisconsin. The recount will start Thursday if Stein or De La Fuente or both meet a Tuesday deadline to pay the $3.5 million cost.
 
   The state Elections Commission is preparing to launch the recount at Stein's request on Thursday. The commission has denied her request to run the recount entirely by hand, prompting Stein to sue.
 
 
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Wisconsin Elections Commission receives $3.5 million payment from Stein campaign for presidential election recount.
 
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Hillary Clinton is looking to join Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's lawsuit seeking a hand recount in Wisconsin.
 
Stein and Independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente have asked for a recount. Stein has asked the recount be completed by hand in every Wisconsin county to verify electronic voting machines weren't hacked. State elections officials refused to order a hand recount. Stein filed a lawsuit Monday asking a Dane County judge to order a hand recount.
 
Clinton's attorneys filed a motion Tuesday seeking to join the lawsuit, arguing the recount could affect her. They also filed a memo supporting the push for a hand recount, saying that method is the most transparent for the public and will ensure the most accurate results.
 
Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by about 22,000 votes in Wisconsin. The recount will start Thursday if Stein or De La Fuente or both meet a Tuesday deadline to pay the $3.5 million cost.
 
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