MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has filed a request for a recount with Wisconsin election officials.
State Elections Commission Administrator said Stein filed the request around mid-afternoon Friday, about an hour and a half ahead of a 5 p.m. deadline.
Stein’s campaign has been raising money online to cover the costs of recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. She says she wants to make sure hackers didn’t skew the results in those swing states. The campaign had raised about $5.2 million as of Friday afternoon.
“We are not doing this to the benefit of one candidate over the other,” Green Party member George Martin told reporters on Friday. “We’re doing this for the benefit of the american public so we can trust that our votes are counted.”
Wisconsin law calls for the state to perform a recount at a candidate’s request as long as he or she can pay for it. The state has never performed a presidential recount. Election officials estimate the effort will cost up to $1 million.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission says Rocky Roque De La Fuente of the American Delta Party also filed a request for a recount. To see it, click on the following link: rocky_roque_de_la_fuente_petition_notarized_pdf_11767
“We have assembled an internal team to direct the recount,” said Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas. “We have been in close consultation with our county clerk partners, and have arranged for legal representation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. We plan to hold a teleconference meeting for county clerks next week and anticipate the recount will begin late in the week after the Stein campaign has paid the recount fee, which we are still calculating.”
The Commission says it is in the process of obtaining cost estimates from county clerks so that they can calculate the fee which the campaigns will need to pay before the recount can start.
The state is working under a federal deadline of December 13 to complete the recount.
The Green Party has no evidence of hacking, and Wisconsin elections officials have told WISN-TV in Milwaukee that would be close to impossible.
“Voting equipment is not connected to the internet,” Haas said on Wednesday. “And we emphasize that all the time, That would mean that someone would have to have physical access to the voting equipment and more than that they would essentially have to break into a locked storage unit on the voting equipment.”
According to the Commission, if a candidate disagrees with the results of the recount, the law gives them the right to appeal in circuit court within five business days after the recount is completed. The circuit court is where issues are resolved that may be discovered during the recount but are not resolved to the satisfaction of the candidate.
Official results from all 72 counties indicate the presidential candidates received the following vote totals:
Total Votes Cast: 2,975,313
Donald J. Trump: 1,404,000
Hillary Clinton: 1,381,823
Darrell L. Castle: 12,156
Gary Johnson: 106,585
Jill Stein: 31,006
Monica Moorehead: 1,769
Rocky Roque De La Fuente: 1,514
Cherunda Fox (write-in): 44
Evan McMullin (write-in): 9,998
Michael A. Maturen (write-in): 243
Marshall Schoenke (write-in): 3
Chris Keniston (write-in): 58
Laurence Kotlikoff (write-in): 15
Tom Hoefling (write-in): 68
Joseph Maldonado (write-in): 3
Emidio Soltysik (write-in): 26
Scattering (unregistered write-in candidates): 26,002