Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is vying for a vote recount in Wisconsin. “We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system,” said Stein. She has raised $6.5 million – more than she raised to run for president — to begin the tedious process of a hand recount.
Political reporter and Washington Bureau Chief for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Craig Gilbert tweeted today, “Wisconsin recount hasn’t begun but unofficial Trump lead of 22,177 is about to grow by 440 votes when an Oneida County reporting error is corrected.”
Oneida County mistakenly reported that Trump had received 44 votes in Oneida County’s Hazelhurst, when he actually received 484 votes.
None of the voting machines in Wisconsin are connected to the Internet, so there’s little chance that the machines were hacked. Scheduled to begin on Thursday of this week, the recount is expected to have little bearing on President-elect Donald Trump’s election.
Stein is also vying for recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign is backing Stein’s efforts, although political wisdom says the results will not change the election outcome. The Clinton campaign is participating in the push for a recount “to verify that hacking by Russia or other irregularities had not affected the results.”
Trump has decried the efforts pointing out that Stein’s efforts are a thinly veiled way to raise money for the Green Party. This is not the first time the Green Party has demanded a vote recount.
It looks like it’s the losers Stein and Clinton who don’t trust the system. Ultimately, they want to prove that the popular vote matters most in these three hotly contested states. Be careful what you wish for, ladies, because you may get it!
Trump is already in the lead.
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