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Green Party Officially Files For Recount In Wisconsin

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Green Party Officially Files For Recount In Wisconsin

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Green Party files recount in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wisconsin’s election commission said on Friday it had received petitions for a recount of votes in the presidential election from the Green Party campaign and another candidate and was planning to start the process.

“The Commission is preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for President of the United States, as requested by these candidates,” Commission Administrator Michael Haas said in a statement on the agency’s website.

The move follows comments by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein earlier on Friday that her push for election recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania was aimed at assessing the integrity of the U.S. voting system, not at undermining Republican Donald Trump’s White House victory.

While Stein’s effort this week may have spurred hope among disappointed supporters of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the chances of such recounts – if they take place – overturning the overall result from the Nov. 8 election are extremely slim, given Trump’s margins of victory in the three states.

Since launching the recount campaign on Wednesday, Stein has raised more than $5 million. The Green Party said it wants to raise $7 million for the recounts, including the cost of legal fees.

The Green Party has said that despite the millions it has raised to fund the recounts, it could not guarantee any would occur and that if its requests were denied or there were surplus funds, it would use the money to push for voting system reforms.

Stein, who won just 1 percent of the national vote herself, told CNN that while there was no evidence of tampering or other voting errors in the election, only a full review in those states would give Americans confidence in the results.

“This was a hack-riddled election,” she said, pointing to hacking before the vote of political organizations and individual email accounts, as well as recent media reports citing concerns by computer security experts.

The deadline to request the Wisconsin recount was Friday afternoon, while for Pennsylvania the deadline is Monday and for Michigan Wednesday.

Wisconsin’s Haas said that with a federal deadline of Dec. 13 to complete the recounts, county boards of canvassers might have to work evenings and weekends.

The other petitioner for a recount in the state was third-party candidate Rocky Roque De La Fuente, the commission statement said.

Although Trump won narrowly in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the margins make it highly unlikely that any recounts would end up giving Clinton a win in all three states, which would be needed for the overall presidential election result to change. Trump beat Clinton in Pennsylvania by 70,010 votes, in Michigan by 10,704 votes and in Wisconsin by 27,257 votes.

The presidential race is decided by the Electoral College, or a tally of wins from the state-by-state contests, rather than by the popular national vote. The Electoral College results are expected to be finalized when electors meet on Dec. 19.

Trump surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win, although once the final tallies of votes are in, Clinton will have won the national popular vote by more than 2 million votes.

Asked if she was trying to upset Trump, Stein told CNN “Absolutely not,” adding that she also did not back Clinton.

A representative for Trump’s transition team on Thursday had no comment on Stein’s effort. In a Twitter post on Thursday, senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway cited a New York Times article and mocked Clinton supporters who “can’t accept the election results.”

Clinton has not commented on Stein’s effort, and a representative for her did not reply to a request for comment.

(Additional reporting by Gina Cherelus, Brendan O’Brien and Frank McGurty in New York and Eric Walsh in Washington; Editing by Frances Kerry and Jonathan Oatis)

IMAGE: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein speaks at a campaign rally in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

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18 Comments

  1. PatrickHenry November 26, 2016

    Jill Stein knows this isn’t going anywhere, she’s raising money & awareness for her Green Party, getting funds from suckers. Certainly makes her look foolish & not a viable candidate. (1% of votes)?

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    1. The lucky one November 26, 2016

      Maybe, but Trump looked and still looks foolish and since the government is apparently ignoring voter suppression by the GOP he will be president soon.

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    2. jmprint November 26, 2016

      More of a fool then Trump, nobody can accomplish that.

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      1. PatrickHenry November 26, 2016

        You just did.

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        1. jmprint November 27, 2016

          By exposing you, exactly.

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  2. planetc November 26, 2016

    Ms Heavey says: … “the chances of such recounts – if they take place – overturning the
    overall result from the Nov. 8 election are extremely slim, given
    Trump’s margins of victory in the three states.” This is a theme I hear played often when this subject comes up in national news, which is not often. I wonder how you can be sure that a recount could not effect the outcome of the election when the margins of the Trump win in four swing states are usually described as being thin? A bit more detail on your thinking would be appreciated. And, of course, the recount will commence on Monday, and we shall see what it reveals. Something that impresses me is the speed with which Dr. Stein raised a considerable sum of money for this cause. That suggests a number of Americans who doubt the accuracy of vote counting in this country. They have probably been acquiring information on the security of some of our voting machines (abysmal, I believe), and the possibility of interfering with vote tallies — quite possible, I believe. So, the news here goes beyond Dr. Stein’s legal action, and extends to the level of doubt Americans harbor about announced election results. Are these Americans all paranoid? Or are they on to something?

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    1. Zengo November 26, 2016

      At least in this case the supreme court won’t be able to stop the recount

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      1. planetc November 26, 2016

        Er … are you sure? It’s early days yet, and Mr. Trump is known for bringing suit first and thinking later. I’m not sure “Trump v. Green” is impossible. But at the moment, we do not have a fifth conservative vote on the Supreme Count. This should, in its horrible way, be fun.

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        1. Zengo November 26, 2016

          Yeah, I as essentially referring to the evenly balanced SC. And how this, on its own, would not lead to a constitutional fiasco like Bush v Gore. However, that situation also clearly illustrates how Americans, the Media and those in power are so willing to drop the constitution and law for the sake of not making waves

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          1. planetc November 26, 2016

            Sometimes, Zengo, I think there’s a manual passed out to everyone who “reports” election news in this country. I first encountered the “could not affect the election outcome” line in 2004. If a change in the outcome is so unlikely, there’s no reason to print the story at all. If a change in the outcome is possible, this story is 12 years late.

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  3. Eleanore Whitaker November 26, 2016

    It isn’t a recount that will get rid of Trump. It is inability to separate being a business tycoon from being a president and leader of the people of the US. Here is how it will go down. We all heard and saw just what a loose cannon the Trump mouth is.

    This is not the man the Republicans will bully or give orders to. He doesn’t know how to accept subjugation of any kind. So, he will use his “power” as president to do what he does as “president” of Trump Empire…wheel and deal. With one caveat that will sink him: The U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 4: The President, Vice President and “ALL” Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for and Conviction of Treason, “Bribery” and other high Crimes and Midemeanors.”

    So, all Trump has to do is breathe one word to any foreign business associate relating to Trump Empire and he is a goner. And the beauty is, the SC will be the ones handling it all. Not the Republicans in the House or the Senate.

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    1. planetc November 26, 2016

      Quite a plausible scenario. I only see one possible flaw. Who, in a Republican Congress, will bring Articles of Impeachment?

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      1. Box November 26, 2016

        Impeachment? For what crime? He is not even in office!

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker November 27, 2016

          Using his status as US president to wheel and deal for his business Empire. He gets caught at that and we don’t even need the Republican House or Senate approval. We take it straight to the Supreme Court.

          Sorry BoxBrain..he cannot be a business tycoon wheeling and dealing for his business while he is president of the people. You just proved how stupid you are. Check out what Article II, Sec. 4 of the Constitution states…see that word “bribery?” It also means using your power as president to “influence” others to enhance his business.

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      2. Eleanore Whitaker November 27, 2016

        He won’t be impeached at all. It isn’t necessary. All any American citizen has to do is have the proof that he is violating the U.S. Constitution he swore to uphold as president by continuing to conduct business using his influence as president, which falls under “bribery” in Sec. 4, and any citizen can then take the case directly to the Supreme Court.

        This has been done before with the Enron Case when the whistleblower collected years of proof of wrongdoing and took it to a lawyer with minimal Constitutional law practice who then took it to the SC.

        The recounts already show that WI faked over 2,000 votes in Teflon Don’s favor.

        The FEC last week also uncovered over 1100 campaign donation violations that included exceeding the amount allowed to be donated and unnamed “donors.”

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  4. Box November 26, 2016

    What happened to all the talk of forcing Trump to accept the result, while doing what, reserving the lack of acceptance for yourselves? And the whole of the country is supposed to see this blatant hypocrisy as fair?

    Where are your own clean hands? A famous old cliche of the left is “double standards” always used against the RW. But all the time it was the left operating them.

    I’m all for recounts by any candidates to clarify results in the interests of clean and fair elections, or even just confusion. But as Eleanore says, its for the sole purpose of removing a candidate people dont like and nevermind the truth or democracy or process or anything–even right up to and INCLUDING assassination. My god.

    The second double standard was in 2008 when the left told the right to shuttup and accept the results, which the right did. The fact you wont do the same shows weakness and cowardice and the more you do that, the more anger builds up on the other side until it explodes. Are you sure you want that?

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker November 27, 2016

      Teflon Don didn’t accept the result. That’s why there is a recount. That’s why the FEC found last week over 1100 violations to elections rules by his campaign, some of which include exceeding donations to his campaign by the millions.

      Sorry but you are never going to convince the nearly 63 million Americans who voted for Clinton by popular vote, the popular vote doesn’t matter and only the rigged Electoral College votes do.

      Already the EC is on high alert due to the potential of bribery by Teflon Don and his lousy cheats. Couldn’t win an election honestly right box Brain?

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