Tuesday, November 29, 2016

RECOUNT: Wisconsin Officials Okay Presidential Election Vote Recount

Wisconsin election officials announced today that they would oversee a recount of the presidential vote in their state but declined a request to conduct the new tally by hand stating that can only be ordered by a court.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission signed off on an effort that will have local officials coordinating the recount with them this week and starting the actual recount near the end of the week.

State officials must have their new tally completed by December 13, according to federal law.

Jill Stein, who cited the potential that the state's voting machines may have been hacked in their request for the recount, said in a statement…

"After a presidential election tarnished by the use of outdated and unreliable machines and accusations of irregularities and hacks, people of all political persuasions are asking if our election results are reliable. We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system,"

Elections Commission chairman Mark Thomsen strongly defended his states vote count. Interestingly his recriminations seemed to take aim not at Jill Stein's recount effort but instead at a late night tweet tirade by Donald Trump in which he he claimed “millions of people” voted illegally…

"To say we didn't count them correctly the first time... that somehow illegal votes were counted... is really inappropriate. I don't think we'll find in this that our fellow citizens counted these votes (in)accurately -- going to reassure -- not counting illegal votes ... We're not counting dead people's votes."

The fight in Wisconsin is now likely to move to smaller venues as lawyers for Stein, Hillary Clinton and the Republican Party prepare to argue just how the votes are counted here in the next two weeks.

Stein's also announced today that her lawyers had filed a legal petition on behalf of 100 voters in Pennsylvania seeking a recount in that state as well.

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