5 Nevada counties to recount ballots at candidate's request

Published 11/30 2016 01:24PM

Updated 11/30 2016 01:55PM

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Nevada election officials will recount ballots in five counties after independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente requested and paid about $14,000 for the effort.

De La Fuente finished last in the state but this week requested a recount in Nevada, a state Hillary Clinton won. De La Fuente says he wants to counterbalance a recount Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested in Wisconsin, which Donald Trump won.

Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley said Wednesday that state law requires the five counties -- Carson City, Douglas, Mineral, Nye and Clark -- to begin the recount within five days and complete it within five additional days.

Thorley says if recount results show a discrepancy of at least 1 percent for De La Fuente or Clinton, a full state recount will be launched.

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