Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has formally requested a recount of the ballots in Wisconsin, the first of three states targeted for recounts.
Recount request formally filed in Wisconsin
Jill Stein, Rocky Roque De La Fuente made requests
Wisconsin to recount 2.975 million ballots
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Independent candidate Rocky Roque De La Fuente also requested a recount.
As a result, Wisconsin said it was preparing to move forward with a statewide ballot recount.
Wisconsin’s election officials say some 2.975 million ballots will need to be counted, and they have to be recounted by a federal deadline of Dec. 13.
President-elect Donald Trump got 1,404,000 votes. Democrat Hillary Clinton got 1,381,823 votes.
Forensic computer experts raised concerns earlier this month about possible descrepancies in vote turnout in some counties with electronic voting. The computer experts reached out to the Clinton campaign. However, no one has presented concrete evidence of any vote tampering, fraud or hacking.
Stein, who got 31,006 votes in Wisconsin, launched a fundraising campaign this week to raise the money needed for the recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, three states where discrepancies were spotted.
So far Stein has raised $5.2 million. The goal for the recount is $7 million.The filing fees alone for all three states will run about $2.2 million. The Green Party says attorney’s fees will likely be another $2 million to $3 million, then there is the cost for statewide recount observers. The Stein campaign is also organizing volunteers to help with the recounts.
The Green Party says any money left over will go toward training Green Party candidates to run for local office.
The deadline to file for the recount in Pennsylvania is Monday, while the deadline for Michigan is Wednesday.
A national popular vote count shows Clinton leads by more than 2 million votes so far. However, Trump won the Electoral College.
Posted on November 26, 2016 by Christie Zizo