Green Party Candidate Jill Stein. Photo from OpenSecrets.org
Post by: Patrick Pickett
On Friday, November 25, Wisconsin’s election board decided to go through a statewide recount of the 2016 election after Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested it along with two other states where President-Elect Donald Trump scored narrow wins.
According to a Reuters article the recount will begin next week and must be completed by December 13. The recount will cost approximately seven million dollars when factoring all legal fees. Stein says the goal of the recount is to confirm the legitimacy of the U.S. voting system, not to undo Trump’s victory. Stein noted that the hacking of voting machines, and the high margin of error were other reasons for requesting the recount.
A senior official of the Obama administration said there has been no concrete evidence that hackers affected the election results.
“We stand behind our election results which accurately reflect the will of the American people,” said the official.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has supported Stein’s recount of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, saying they want to see a “fair” process for all involved. Clinton’s campaign lawyer, Marc Elias said that initially, there were no plans to participate in a recount.
“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves. But now…we intend to participate I order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” said Elias.
Donald Trump opposed the notion of a recount, calling the action “a scam.” Meanwhile, Trump’s senior advisor Kellyanne Conway called Stein and Clinton “a bunch of crybabies ad sore losers.” The President-elect continued his criticism of the recount via Twitter on Sunday morning, saying “Hillary Clinton conceded the election…nothing will change.” Trump went on to say, “”In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
President-elect Donald Trump. Photo by Evan Vucci from the Associated Press
According to experts, Trump’s claim that millions voted illegally is unfounded.
Clinton defeated Trump in the popular vote by over 2 million ballots however Trump won the Electoral College by 306-232. The Electoral College finalizes its election decision on December 19