Hillary is now leading Trump in the popular vote by more than two million. And with the exception of Obama, she has received more votes than any presidential candidate ever. The recount is a long-shot but, based on the vote difference alone, she absolutely should participate with the recount….and now, she is.
Hillary is now leading Trump in the popular vote by more than two million. And, with the exception of Obama, she has received more votes than any presidential candidate ever. The recount is a long-shot but based on the vote difference alone, she absolutely should participate with the recount….and now, she is.
On Saturday Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign announced that it will participate in the Wisconsin vote recount.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein announced on Wednesday that she is challenging the vote results in three critical swing states. And she has started a real grass-roots effort to raise enough money to force the recount.
Stein is calling for recounts in three crucial states that Hillary barely lost….Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania…. because of voting irregularities and the real possibility of a cyber-hack into the electronic voting machines.
This Stein effort falls on the heels of last week’s Democratic activists pushing the Clinton campaign to ask for a recount in those same three states. The activists want the votes recounted because the data shows that in the Wisconsin counties that used electronic voting machines, Hillary received 7% fewer votes than in the counties that used paper ballots and optical scanners.
New York Magazine reports that if, in fact, the Wisconsin vote was tampered with, Hillary could have lost 30,000 votes. She only lost the state by 27,000.
Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias said,
“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.”
“The number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states — Michigan — well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount. We feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process.”
He added that the campaign has “an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported.”
The Clinton campaign has said that they will participate in vote recounts should they happen in any other states as well.