The recount effort, led by Green Party candidate Jill Stein and joined by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, marched on in three states, based partly on the Stein campaign’s unsubstantiated assertion that cyber-hacking could have interfered with electronic voting machines.
The Wisconsin recount marked the first time in 16 years there was a candidate-driven recount of a presidential recount.
“This is certainly not Bush v Gore”, said Wisconsin’s chief elections administrator Mike Haas.
Donald Trump’s victory in the northern state gives the Republican Trump 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232. The recount will have to move quickly. “Sad”, Trump tweeted, posting part of Clinton’s speech telling her supporters to accept that “Donald Trump is going to be our president”.
They might be rusty doing recounts, but at 8:30 a.m. Friday the Board of Canvas will begin another count of Chippewa County’s November 8 vote for president.
An Arizona elections official at the Maricopa inserts ballots into a machine to recount the votes in the 5th Congressional District race Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Phoenix.
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. In the meantime, she said hopes the counties take to heart the judge’s remarks about a hand recount being the best way to proceed.
“So much time and money will be spent – same result! That’s who I am despite my personal opinions“, said Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. “And you know Trump only cares about this because the popular vote has the word “popular” in it”.
“After a presidential election tarnished by the use of outdated and unreliable machines, and accusations of irregularities and hacks, people of all political persuasions are asking if our election results are reliable”, she said in a statement.
The Wisconsin recount will include examining by hand the state’s almost 3 million ballots. He brought along a check for $973,250, which represents the $125 per precinct that Stein must pay for the recount.
Michigan’s recount could start as early as Friday, though a challenge to the recount by Mr Trump may delay it.
“The unwillingness to accept the outcome undermines the will of MI voters and the election process”.
Stein’s recount efforts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania face even larger margins to overturn Trump’s victories.
Posted on December 09, 2016 by Orquidea Banes