Jill Stein on Friday filed a petition for a recount in Wisconsin, barely making the 5 p.m. EST deadline, according to the state’s election commission. Now Hillary Clinton has joined the recount as well.
Donald Trump won Wisconsin, beating Hillary Clinton by about 22,000 votes. The recount is expected to begin Thursday and each county will decide on their own to conduct the recount electronically or by hand unless Stein wins the lawsuit. Stein must also meet the deadline of paying the $3.5 million cost for the recount. She has indicated she has raised funds through an online donation campaign.
The Commission has received the Stein and Del La Fuente recount petitions. Details and news release posted soon at https://t.co/N3TrlOIqE1.
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Per the Wisconsin Elections Commission:
The Wisconsin Elections Commission today received two recount petitions from the Jill Stein for President Campaign and from Rocky Roque De La Fuente, Administrator Michael Haas announced.
“The Commission is preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for President of the United States, as requested by these candidates,” Haas said.
The state is working under a federal deadline of December 13 to complete the recount. As a result, county boards of canvassers may need to work evenings and weekends to meet the deadlines. “The recount process is very detail-oriented, and this deadline will certainly challenge some counties to finish on time,” Haas said.
A recount is different than an audit and is more rigorous, Haas explained. More than 100 reporting units across the state were randomly selected for a separate audit of their voting equipment as required by state law, and that process has already begun. Electronic voting equipment audits determine whether all properly-marked ballots are accurately tabulated by the equipment. In a recount, all ballots (including those that were originally hand counted) are examined to determine voter intent before being retabulated. In addition, the county boards of canvassers will examine other documents, including poll lists, written absentee applications, rejected absentee ballots, and provisional ballots before counting the votes.