UPDATE: Wisconsin to recount nearly 3 million general election ballots

UPDATE 3 — 11/26, 3:13 p.m. EST: The Clinton presidential campaign said Saturday it will partake in efforts to recount ballots in swing states won by Donald Trump on Nov. 8, joining the Green Party’s Jill Stein, namely Michigan and Pennsylvania.

“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 that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” said campaign counselor Marc Elias.

 

UPDATE 2 — 11/26, 8:19 a.m. EST: The Wisconsin Elections Commission accepted Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s application for a vote recount on Friday.

The process of recounting Wisconsin’s approximately 3 million ballots in all 72 of the state’s counties will begin next week with a deadline of Dec. 13 for completion.

Likely President-elect Donald Trump won the Badger State by just over 27,000 votes on Nov. 8.

 

UPDATE — 11/25, 4:14 p.m. EST: Originally setting the bar at $2.5 million, 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has reportedly raised more than $4 million to recount ballots in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Stein will also request a recount in Wisconsin at the cost of $1.1 million by the end of the day on Friday. According to Stein’s campaign website, the goal now is to raise a total of $7 million.

 

Despite earning only one percent of the popular vote nationwide, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein announced Wednesday her campaign has raised $2.5 million in funds to request a recount in the state of Wisconsin.

Explaining her goal, a statement from her campaign read:  “This is about more than the results of this one election. This is about protecting our democracy and ensuring that ‘We the People’ can have confidence in reported results.”

The deadline to file for a recount in Wisconsin is Friday, Nov. 25.

On his way to defeating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the general election on Nov. 8, Republican candidate Donald Trump earned razor-thing margins in the three battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Stein is currently raising funds to demand recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan; the deadline to file petitions for reckonings in both states is next week

Stein’s website states the electronic machines utilized in America’s Dairyland are “highly vulnerable to hacking and malicious reprogramming.”  Stein’s website also mentions the machines were banned in several states, notably California.

“After a divisive and painful presidential race, in which foreign agents hacked into party databases, private email servers, and voter databases in certain states, many Americans are wondering if our election results are reliable. That’s why the unexpected results of the election and reported anomalies need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust,” read a statement on Stein’s website. 

A Stein campaign official emphasized the effort is neither designed to assist Hillary Clinton nor abet efforts by grassroots activists endeavoring to sway Electoral College voters when they meet on Dec. 19.

In related news, U.S. computer scientists have appealed to the Clinton campaign to request a recount in the same three states, pointing to evidence that the Democratic nominee under-performed in counties with electronic vote counting compared to areas that use paper ballots by a full seven percent.

 

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