President-elect Donald Trump's victory in the state of Wisconsin was confirmed following a presidential recount requested and paid for by Green Party nominee Jill Stein. The recount revealed Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 22,000 votes.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission certified on Monday (12 December) that the nearly three million ballots had been recounted and that the final results changed by less than 1,800 votes. According to The Associated Press, Trump picked up a net 162 votes from the recount.
"With the recount finished in Wisconsin, we applaud the countless workers and observers who helped ensure a full recount throughout the state," Stein said in a statement.
She continued: "We, however, remain disappointed that not all counties conducted a full hand recount, which is considered the 'gold standard'. While we were able to beat back efforts by Trump and the GOP to stop the recount, the refusal by some of the largest and most important counties in the state to conduct a hand recount undermined the ability to get an accurate recount."
Stein had hoped to organise recounts in two further states — Pennsylvania and Michigan — but ultimately was barred from moving forward by the courts. Michigan's Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling blocking the recount on 9 December.
Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania a federal judge blocked a request by the third-party candidate to hold a recount of paper ballots in parts of the state and a full review of electronic voting machines, Politico reported. Stein withdrew a bid for a statewide recount in early December after the state required a $1m (£788,000) bond to conduct the recount. She also joined an effort to kickstart a precinct-by-precinct recount in the state but dropped that too.
"Pennsylvania's election system is stacked against the voters," Stein said in another statement. "Both the technology by which voters cast ballots, as well as the byzantine and burdensome laws determining recounts in the state, are a national disgrace."
Stein and her top aides plan to hold a conference call outlining the campaign's next steps in the state, Politico reported.