US Elections: Wisconsin agrees to statewide recount

US Elections: Wisconsin agrees to statewide recount

The U.S. Green Party is calling for a recount of the U.S. presidential vote in three states - Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Stein's campaign said that it has already raised more than $5 million in donations to finance recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

"Now that we have completed funding Wisconsin's recount (where we will file on Friday) and funding Pennsylvania's recount (due Monday), we will focus on raising the needed funds for Michigan's recount (due Wednesday)", it said.

Trump, a Republican who ran as an anti-establishment maverick, carried all three states by narrow margins despite public opinion polls pointing to victories by Hillary Clinton, the Democratic standard-bearer.

Stein has raised more than $4.8 million of her $7 million goal for the recount votes on her fundraising website.

Wisconsin, where Mr Trump leads by little more than 22,000 votes, will conduct an unprecedented presidential recount, state administrator Michael Haas announced, citing requests by Ms Stein and independent candidate Rocky De La Fuente. Green Party officials say the recounts are meant to determine whether hackers changed the outcome in the three states, not about whether Trump won or lost.

A statewide recount would cost Ms Stein roughly 790,000 dollars (£63,316), said Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for the MI secretary of state.

Dr Jill's website says almost $5.3m (£4.2m) has already been raised toward a $7m target. Clinton has not commented on Stein's effort, and a representative for her did not reply to a request for comment.

But she insisted that the idea of a recount wasn't to block Trump from becoming the president.

Clinton conceded the election hours after it became clear that Trump would secure enough electoral votes to win the White House. But, she says, "There's no evidence that the electronic machines were hacked or the election was compromised".

WISCONSIN will have its votes recounted by hand over fears Russian hackers tampered with the United States election result. In that recount over a state Supreme Court seat, the commission had to recount 1.5 million votes - about half the 2.975 million ballot votes that were cast during the 2016 presidential election.

"On the other hand, we have a system that invites hacking, tampering and malfeasance". We have assembled an internal team to direct the recount, we have been in close consultation with our county clerk partners, and have arranged for legal representation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

While the elections are not determined by popular vote, the Electoral College can still theoretically change the election outcome when they meet to issue their final votes on December 19.

"There's either a huge subset of hidden voters that didn't tell pollsters how they were going to vote, or something went awry with those voting systems".

Still, he wrote that a recount "even if it finds nothing amiss - will help allay doubt and give voters justified confidence that the results are accurate" and "set a precedent for routinely examining paper ballots, which will provide an important deterrent against cyberattacks on future elections".

"We deserve elections we can trust", Green Party candidate Jill Stein stated on Wednesday.

Stein is also planning to file recount requests in MI and Pennsylvania. But the December 13 deadline for finishing the recounts is set by federal law and would apply to both MI and Pennsylvania as well.