Wisconsin to recount US election votes - here's everything we know so far

It's official - there will be a recount of the US presidential vote in Wisconsin.

And failed Green Party candidate Jill Stein has also stepped up her bid to force two other key Midwestern battlegrounds, Michigan and Pennsylvania, to do the same.

It's a move that could complicate President-elect Donald Trump's push for national unity as he continues to shape his White House team. Here's a look at everything you need to know about the recount.

How did this recount come about?

Stein formally requested a Wisconsin recount on Friday - and vowed to do the same in the coming days in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Wisconsin officials then confirmed on Friday evening they would move forward with the first presidential recount in state history.

Stein gained little more than 1% of the national vote, and there is no evidence of election tampering in the states where Trump scored razor-thin victories.

But Green Party spokesman George Martin insisted "the American public needs to have it investigated to make sure our votes count".
He said: "We're doing this to ensure the integrity of our system."

What has Trump got to say about it?

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Trump's team ignored questions about the looming recounts.

His transition team indicated he was in Florida focused on the challenges of governing.

He has gathered with family at his Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach estate for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and made two senior-level staff appointments and scheduled meetings with several more prospective administration officials.

Remind us again how the votes in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan stand at the moment?

Hillary Clinton addresses the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds celebration at the Newseum in Washington
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Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads the national popular vote by close to two million votes. Trump scored narrow victories in key battleground states, however, giving him the necessary 270 electoral votes to assume the presidency.

He won in Pennsylvania, and in Wisconsin, breaking a Democratic winning streak dating back 32 years. He holds a slim lead in Michigan, where a Republican presidential candidate had not won since 1988; The Associated Press still has not officially called that race.

Trump leads by little more than 22,000 votes in Wisconsin, where state administrator Michael Haas announced an unprecedented presidential recount will be conducted - citing requests by Stein and independent candidate Rocky De La Fuente.

In Michigan, Trump has a 10,704-vote lead - this is expected to be certified by the state elections board on Monday. The deadline to ask for a recount is Wednesday.

So what happens next?

Campaign buttons for Green party presidential hopeful Jill Stein sit ready during the candidate's appearance at Humanist Hall in Oakland

"The commission is preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for president of the United States, as requested by these candidates," Haas said, noting that the recount is expected to be completed by the December 13 federal deadline.

An opposing candidate would have seven days to file objections to the recount petition, after which the board would schedule a public hearing and later issue a ruling on the objections.

Oh, and FYI - a statewide recount would cost Stein roughly 790,000 US dollars (£633,000), said Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for the Michigan secretary of state.

And this all comes as Trump continues to shape his team for the White House?

Capitol Hill is cast in afternoon light in Washington, D.C
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Yep, he's chosen Fox News analyst Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland to serve as deputy national security adviser and lawyer Donald McGahn as White House counsel.

Trump cited McFarland's "tremendous experience and innate talent" and said McGhan "has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law".

McGhan, a veteran Republican election lawyer, served as Trump's lawyer during the campaign.

Trump transition spokesman Sean Spicer said the president-elect scheduled meetings on Monday with eight more prospective administration hires.

They include several business leaders, Pennsylvania Republican Lou Barletta, and David Clarke, the Wisconsin sheriff who is an aggressive opponent of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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