MADISON, Wis. — The presidential election was called weeks ago, naming Republican Donald Trump president-elect, but Green Party candidate Jill Stein is demanding a recount.
President-elect Donald Trump called the “ridiculous recount” a “scam by the Green Party.”
On Saturday morning, it was announced that Hillary Clinton’s campaign counsel will participate in the recount process.
— The Hill (@thehill) November 26, 2016
CNN reported that the goal was increased to cover the cost of a recount in Wisconsin, and Stein’s website then focused on a $4.5 million goal, saying that it was for recount costs in Pennsylvania. That goal was reached quickly and the goal is now set for $7 million for recount costs in Michigan. Over $5 million has been raised so far.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission tweeted Friday that it had received the recount petitions by the 5 p.m. deadline.
The Commission has received the Stein and Del La Fuente recount petitions. Details and news release posted soon at https://t.co/N3TrlOIqE1.
— Wisconsin Elections (@WI_Elections) November 25, 2016
On Tuesday, a group of scientists and lawyers suggested that seeking a recount in those three battleground states might be worthwhile. In a New York Magazine article, they claim based on statistical analysis that manipulation may have taken place in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, but the group has not found proof that any manipulation has occurred.
In an interview with CNN Thursday, Stein pointed to incidents of hacking throughout this election cycle, saying that there were hacks into voter accounts, party accounts and emails.
The New York Times reported in August that a hack targeting the personal email accounts of Democratic officials was widespread and included Hillary Clinton’s campaign. In September, The New York Times reported that documents stolen from the Democratic National Convention in a hack were released.
“What we are saying is not that hacking or fraud has necessarily taken place,” Stein told CNN Thursday. “I don’t think we have evidence of that. But I think it’s only natural and it’s good for Americans to be reassured that our votes are counted, especially after such a divisive and bitter election.”
“The fact that (the campaign) has basically funded itself overnight reflects the incredible hunger out there among the American people to actually start doing something positive and to start creating an election system that we can believe in,” Stein said.