Jill Stein, the presidential candidate representing the Green Party in 2016, filed paperwork today requesting election officials conduct a recount in Wisconsin. The filing was completed shortly before the filing deadline at 5pm.
According to a press release by the state election commission, they are preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for President of the United States. The press release stated that a team has been assembled to conduct the unusual request. Stein is promising to repeat the process in the coming days in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
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.”
According to Fox News: Wisconsin GOP Executive Director Mark Morgan issued a statement calling the recount request “absurd and nothing more than an expensive political stunt that undermines Wisconsin’s election process.” Republican Sen. Devin LeMahieu, who chairs the Senate elections committee, said he would re-examine state law next year to ensure “a candidate who received 1 percent of the vote cannot hold the results of an election hostage.”
Martin said Republicans’ response was expected and stressed that the recount was about determining whether the system was secure, not who won or lost the fight for Wisconsin’s 10 electoral college votes. During a news conference in Milwaukee, Martin said Stein’s campaign would also ask for a “reconciliation” of voting records that would go beyond an audit, but he didn’t provide details.
Stein’s campaign has been raising money online to cover the costs of recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. She says she wants to make sure hackers didn’t skew the results in those swing states. The campaign had raised about $5.2 million as of Friday afternoon.
Late Tuesday, Stein issued a press release calling on supporters to raise $2.5 million to fund a recount effort in three states that Donald Trump won – Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
Wisconsin law calls for the state to perform a recount at a candidate’s request as long as he or she can pay for it. The state has never performed a presidential recount. Election officials estimate the effort will cost up to $1 million.
The state is working under a federal deadline of December 13 to complete the recount.
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