Green Party member says there’s no smoking gun
A request for a recount of Wisconsin’s presidential vote has been filed with the Wisconsin Elections Commission in Madison.
“The Commission is preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for president of the United States, as requested by these candidates,” Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Mike Haas said.
Petitions were filed by the Jill Stein for President Campaign and from Rocky Roque De La Fuente. Stein is also pushing for a recount in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
At a news conference in Milwaukee on Friday afternoon, Green Party member George Martin said the party acted after alerts from elections experts, who saw what they call “statistical anomalies” in Wisconsin’s vote totals and discrepancies with exit poll numbers.
“We are not doing this to the benefit of one candidate over the other. We’re doing this for the benefit of the American public, so we can trust that our votes are counted,” Martin said. “I want to be clear, there is no smoking gun.”
The party has no evidence of hacking, and Wisconsin elections officials have told WISN 12 News that would be close to impossible.
“Voting equipment is not connected to the Internet, and we emphasize that all the time, That would mean that someone would have to have physical access to the voting equipment, and more than that they would essentially have to break into a locked storage unit on the voting equipment,” Haas said Wednesday.
But supporters want an integrity check.
“I’m here in support of fair elections, and part of fair elections is counting every vote to make sure every vote counts,” the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom said.
The Green Party has raised more than $5 million toward a $7 million goal, which would also cover recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Elections experts said it’s unlikely the recounts will change the outcome of the election.
The Green Party said it will show if the system is working, and Republicans and Democrats have suggested this is just a ploy to raise the profile of the Green Party.
Haas said he expects the recount to begin late last week. The federal deadline for the recount is Dec. 13.
Posted on November 25, 2016 by WISN