The Green Party candidate for president, Jill Stein filed papers today in Madison and now the state will have until December 13 to recount every vote by hand.
This will be the first time a recount for the presidential election has ever happened in Wisconsin, the state did have a recall process back in 2011 for a Supreme Court race.
The cost of the 2011 recall was $520,000 for what ended up being about half the amount of votes that Wisconsin had for the presidential election and that recall took over a month.
A Presidential nominee can challenge the result of a vote like this and the Wisconsin Election Commission says they don’t really have to be specific in their complaint, what they need is to raise the money and pay for the recall which is estimated at over a million dollars and that is what the Green Party nominee has done.
“We’ve raised over four million dollars since Wednesday, we are the party of Democratic integrity,” said George Martin who sits on the parties coordinating committee and spoke in Milwaukee today. “There is enough peripheral evidence to warrant that our system should be investigated.”
The Green Party has raised the money and will challenge the election results even though Jill Stein only received one percent of the vote in Wisconsin, they say the differential between the results and the polls raises questions and they think that electronic voting machines have been tampered with.
In Brown County the majority of people voted on a paper ballot and the Wisconsin Election Commission says the electronic voting machines are spread through out the state mainly in rural areas.
To recount every vote by hand a paper trail will have to be made concerning those electronic voting machines and election officials will have a lot of work to get every vote counted by the December 13 deadlines, something Michael Haas said may require county clerks and his team to work nights and weekends.
“The commission is preparing to move forward with a statewide recount,” said Michael Haas the administrator for the Wisconsin Election Commission. “We have assembled an internal team to direct the recount and have been in close consultation with our county clerk partners.”
The Green Party said this is not about who won the election, it is making sure that every vote counts.
Haas said that there has been no indication and that it would be very difficult to tamper with a voting machine, the Wisconsin Election Committee plans to hold a press conference on Monday.
Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin by around 23,000, the Green Party also plans to file for recounts early next week in Michigan and Pennsylvania.