Chester County OKs presidential recount in most precincts

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 8, 2016 12:29 PM

A challenge is reviewed on a ballot during a statewide presidential election recount in Waterford Township, Mich., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The recount comes at the request of Green Party candidate Jill Stein who also requested recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Harrisburg) -- Chester County will begin a hand recount sought by Green Party-backed voters of more than 190,000 paper ballots cast in Pennsylvania's November 8th presidential election.

The county approved the recount earlier today, five days before the federal deadline for states to certify results.

A county spokeswoman couldn't say how long it'll take.

It is part of a broader effort by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein to recount votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- states where Republican Donald Trump won narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Green Party-backed lawyers are asking a federal judge to order a recount of potentially more than one million paper ballots in Pennsylvania.

Unlike Chester County, most Pennsylvania counties have paperless electronic voting machines.

In those counties, Green Party lawyers want to inspect election systems for any evidence of hacking.

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