Gov. Walker signs bill tightening election recount requirements

Published: Nov. 30, 2017 at 8:50 PM CST
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Gov. Scott Walker has just made it harder to ask for an election recount in Wisconsin.

Walker on Thursday signed into law a bill introduced in reaction to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's 2016 recount request in Wisconsin after she finished a distant fourth.

Under the new law, only candidate who trail the winner by 1 percentage point or less in statewide elections could seek a recount. If that had been in effect last year, Democrat Hillary Clinton could have requested a recount since finished within that margin. But Stein would have been barred.

Democrats argued against the change, saying if a candidate wants to pay for a recount they should be allowed to pursue it. Stein paid for the Wisconsin recount.