Clinton campaign elects to participate in push for recounts

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during a campaign event at the Taylor Allderdice High School, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WASHINGTON D.C. (CNN) — According to CNN, the Hillary Clinton campaign said Saturday that it will take part in pushing for recounts in several key states in the presidential election. This comes after Green Party candidate Jill Stein raised the question, along with millions of dollars to have votes recounted in the state of Wisconsin.

CNN also reported that Marc Elias, the Clinton campaign’s legal counsel said that investigations have not uncovered any evidence of hacking of voting systems.

Elias also said that while the campaign will not contest the election results, it has decided  to participate in order to “ensure that it is fair to all sides.”

Much of the recount talk stems from the efforts of Green Party candidate Jill Stein, along with the party’s co-chairman George Martin who have claimed voting discrepancies.

Martin said that the party is looking for a “reconciliation of paper records” which he hopes will go further than simply recounting votes by investigating the integrity of the voting system in Wisconsin.

“This is a process, a first step to examine whether our electoral democracy is working,” Martin said.

Elias said that the Clinton campaign has been investigating accusations of impropriety for a while since receiving hundreds of requests that they do so.

“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” Elias wrote. “If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well.”

Recent polling data has shown that Trump won in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania by only a total of about 107,000 votes, combined.

Elias said that the small margin of victory played a major role in the campaign’s decision to participate in the recount, along with concerns about Russian interference in the election.

“This election cycle was unique in the degree of foreign interference witnessed throughout the campaign: the U.S. government concluded that Russian state actors were behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and the personal email accounts of Hillary for America campaign officials, and just yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the Russian government was behind much of the ‘fake news’ propaganda that circulated online in the closing weeks of the election,” Elias wrote.

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