Green Party nominee Jill Stein and independent candidate Rocky De La Fuente will have to come up with $3.5 million by Tuesday afternoon to fund ballot recount efforts in Wisconsin, the state’s bipartisan elections commission said Monday evening.
One or both of the candidates will have to pay $3,499,689 to the commission by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a statement from Commission Administrator Michael Haas.
“County Clerks have done their best to estimate the actual costs of conducting a large recount in a relatively short time,” Haas added. “The estimates may vary widely as some clerks may not have been able to precisely identify their estimated costs in the short time available to them. If the estimate turns out to be too high, the campaign will receive a refund. If the estimate is too low, they will have to pay the additional cost.”
Stein has claimed the voting machines were flawed, saying those in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania had security issues. Stein and De La Fuente wanted ballots to be counted by hand, but Wisconsin elections officials denied that request. The two would have to fund the hiring of thousands of temporary workers necessary for the recount effort.
Stein has raised $6.5 million since Nov. 23 in an attempt to fund recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — nearly double what she raised through the entire election.
If funded, the recount would have to conclude by 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 and results would have to be documented by 3 p.m. the following day.
Posted on November 29, 2016 by Anna Giaritelli